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Lippert seeks to expand in Elkhart, add 106 jobs

Lippert Components is seeking to expand and add more than 100 jobs at its Elkhart facility on C.R. 6.

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 16, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.

ELKHART — Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc., is seeking to expand operations in Elkhart and add more than 100 jobs in the process.

The company is seeking tax abatement from the city of Elkhart for a three-year period.

The company has been in a growth mode for several years and wants to add 106 jobs by the time the expansion is complete is 2016, said Gary McPhail, chief financial officer for the company.

Expansion in Elkhart involves its operation on C.R. 6. The company hopes to invest $500,000 in real property and $2 million in personal property.

Elkhart City Council took the first step toward approving the abatement request Monday, April 15, by declaring the company property on C.R. 6 to be a economic revitalization area. The next step could happen next month.

Lippert is also expanding at three of its plants in Goshen. The company produces mobile home chassis, chassis parts and galvanized steel roofing, among other products. Beginning in May, the company hopes to add $10 million in new manufacturing equipment, largely painting equipment, lathes and dust collectors.

Expansion in Elkhart involves thermal forming and comes after the acquisition of a company, McPhail told council Monday.

McPhail said the average wage would be about $13, not including overtime and production bonuses.

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