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[IEDC] Plastics Manufacturer Grows Headquarters in St. Joseph County
Start Date: 11/27/2012 All Day
End Date: 11/27/2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Elkhart Plastics, Inc. (EPI), a rotationally molded plastic parts manufacturer, announced plans today to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

The company, which manufactures molded plastic parts for the agricultural, marine, commercial vehicle and recreational vehicle industries, will invest $3.8 million to add 25,000 square feet to its existing 83,000 square-foot headquarters in South Bend. As part of the project, EPI will purchase new manufacturing equipment for the facility, which is expected to be operational next year.

“The expansion of a homegrown Hoosier company like Elkhart Plastics is another great growth opportunity for North Central Indiana and an indication of the talented workforce available to companies who choose to call Indiana home,” said Dan Hasler, Secretary of State and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

EPI, which currently employs 290 Hoosiers at its Middlebury, Elkhart and South Bend facilities, is currently hiring additional manufacturing and assembly associates in South Bend.

“Our growth in South Bend can be attributed to our growing customer base and the proximity that the South Bend location provides us to those customers,” said Jack Welter, chief executive officer of EPI. “We place a great deal of value in our relationship with the city of South Bend and the state of Indiana and appreciate the effort that went into allowing us to expand.”

Founded in 1988, EPI originally provided services to the recreational vehicle industry with water and holding tanks in Elkhart County. Today, with additional facilities located in Washington and Colorado, the company produces components for marine furniture, heavy truck and commercial construction vehicle markets.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Elkhart Plastics, Inc. up to $250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $35,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of South Bend will consider additional property tax abatement.

“We are pleased to assist Elkhart Plastics with the upcoming expansion of its manufacturing operations in South Bend,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “As a homegrown company with an international footprint, Elkhart Plastics’ choice to invest locally reinforces South Bend’s position as a center for precision manufacturing and our commitment to helping responsible employers grow, create jobs and expand opportunities in the local economy.”

EPI is the latest company to announce plans to grow its headquarters in the Hoosier State. Since the creation of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in 2005, 250 companies have located or expanded their headquarters in the Hoosier State, accounting for more 34,800 projected new jobs and more than $2.9 billion in capital investment.

About EPI
Elkhart Plastics, Inc. is a 25-year old company providing rotational molding capabilities for customers. Five plants across the US offer unique solutions for each customer. Understanding that the application drives the design, these committed problem-solvers work as an extension of their customers’ organizations to deliver creative solutions for their customers’ unique applications and parts. 

About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit

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Media Contacts:
Heather Isch (EPI) – 269.349.4440 or
Katelyn Hancock (IEDC) – 317.234.2294 or
Contact Information:
Name: Katelyn Hancock
Phone: 317-234-2294
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    Economic Development Corporation, Indiana

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