ELWOOD – The city of Elwood announced its biggest job news in a quarter of a century.
Mayor Ron Arnold announced Wednesday an agreement with Warner Bodies, a company that builds utility bodies and custom trucks. Warner Bodies is currently located in Noblesville, where it employs 52 workers. Those jobs will move with the company as it transitions to the old Plastech site in Elwood.
Warner Bodies aims to invest up to $3 million to renovate the site. The upgrades will result in the addition of about 150 new jobs, according to the city.
Mayor Ron Arnold, Economic Development Director Bill Savage and President of Redevelopment Commitment Tom Austin joined Warner Bodies President and CEO Rick Manasek to sign the purchase agreement.
Founded in 1939, Warner Bodies has been making utility bodies and custom trucks for more than 50 years. The company started out manufacturing specialized van bodies for the sales and service industries.