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Commodore to expand after strong 2013

After a strong 2013, Commodore in Goshen is expanding - which means more space and more jobs created.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Coming off a strong year, Commodore Homes plans to expand its Goshen plant and hire more workers.

The manufactured housing maker plans to add about 15,000 square feet to its 100,000-square-foot facility at 1902 Century Drive and ultimately hire more than 60 new workers, said general manager Glen Alessandri.

"Last year was very good for us so we're anticipating that will continue," Alessandri said. "Last year was probably the best year the plant has had, for overall sales, going back at least 10 years."

All of the new hires will be production workers earning $18 to $20 an hour, he said. He expects construction to finish some time this summer and hiring to begin in April or May so some of the new hires can be trained and ready when the building addition is complete. The new workers will be phased in over the next year-and-a-half, depending on the growth rate of sales.

Commodore Homes hit the medium price point for manufactured housing. The plant builds only ranches, in two- and three-section models, that range from 1,000 to 2,400 square feet.

Alessandri said the company is not seeking a property tax abatement for the expansion but is seeking incentives from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.


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