ELKHART – An RV components manufacturer will move its headquarters to Elkhart, bringing up to 800 new jobs to Indiana by 2017.
Drew Industries will relocate from White Plains, N.Y., to Elkhart and expand manufacturing operations there. Drew Industries, the parent company of Elkhart County-based Lippert Components, Inc. and Kinro Inc., plans to invest $12.75 million to renovate and equip four facilities in Goshen and Elkhart. The company will install new manufacturing and production lines.
“Our focus on job creation is paying off as Indiana’s economic momentum continues,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Drew Industries’ announcement builds on our strength as the RV capital of the world and serves as the latest proof that our convenient location, competitive tax environment and talented workforce have put Indiana on the map as a state that works for business.”
The company employs more than 5,200 workers across the country, with 3,400 of them in Indiana. The hiring of additional engineers, furniture assemblers, general laborers, drivers and welders has already started.
Drew Industries manufactures components for buses, trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo, truck caps, modular housing and factory-built mobile office units. Its products include chassis, fabricated steel chassis parts, slide-out mechanisms, axles, upholstered furniture, mattresses, windows, doors, leveling and stabilization equipment, suspension enhancement products, electronics, thermoformed products and aluminum extrusion products.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered up to $4.3 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants. Drew Industries can’t claim the incentives unless it comes through on its job creation plans. The cities of Elkhart and Goshen will consider additional property tax breaks.