ELKHART — An Elkhart company is expanding and plans to hire up to 68 new workers over the next several years.
KIK Custom Products is establishing three new production lines at its Superior Street facility and has already hired the first 20 workers, said Richard Daviduke, supply chain director for KIK.
KIK representatives presented their plans Monday to Elkhart City Council as part of a request for tax abatement.
The company’s improvements include $5.2 million in personal property and $2.2 million in real property.
The average hourly wage for the new workers is expected to be $14.62, Daviduke said.
KIK is seeking five-year tax abatement on personal property and a three-year deal for real property improvements.
Monday’s meeting was the first step in the abatement request. Council approved the establishment of an economic revitalization district for the abatement request by a 9-0 vote.
The new product lines involve liquids, creams and lotions and not aerosol products, Daviduke told council.
Several council members asked about the potential impact on neighbors.
Daviduke said the proposals don’t involve an external expansion of the facility and that company officials remain sensitive to truck delivery routes and the impact on neighbors.
Councilman Rod Roberson expressed support for the company and thanked the company for their responsiveness toward neighbor’s concerns in the past.
Daviduke said the expansion will occur over two or three phases, the first of which will begin next month.
The jobs include 60 production positions, three maintenance positions and five management positions.
KIK employs more than 3,000 people in 17 manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States.
KIK also has a facility on Middlebury Street in Elkhart.
In Elkhart, the company employs about 690 workers plus upward of 150 temporary seasonal workers.