Expansion at Genesis could result in 100 more jobs by 2016

A supplier of wood products to the RV industry plans to expand and add 100 jobs at its Elkhart facility by the end of 2016.

Posted on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

The company, which is headquartered in Elkhart and has facilities in Goshen and Virginia, is consolidating some of its manufacturing operations.

The company plans to invest $4 million to renovate and equip an existing 114,500 square foot building at 1806 Conant Ave.

Genesis is seeking tax abatements for three years with the city. By the end of 2015, the company hopes to hire 67 additional workers. On Monday, city council took the first of two steps needed to approve the request.

Genesis, which manufactures wood products for the recreational van industry, has already begun hiring some of the additional workforce, said Jon Helmuth, company president.

In other matters, Mayor Dick Moore proposed a compromise for commercial owners outside of the city who are upset with the transition to a compact sewer agreement. Moore proposed phasing in the new fee over three years.

The city council which needs to OK the plan, did not comment on the proposal during Monday’s meeting.

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