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January 2017 Successes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Allen County

BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing

  • South Carolina-based tire manufacturer upgrading and modernizing manufacturing plant in Woodburn, IN
  • Investing $100 million in new equipment and retaining 1,600 current workers

Eric Doden, CEO

Greater Fort Wayne Inc.



Carroll County

GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana

  • Company building two new facilities near Camden, IN
  • One facility will be a plastic recycling center which will create over 155 new jobs
  • The other will be a diesel refinery, employing 91 workers
  • Together these facilities represent nearly $410 million in investment
  • Construction will begin spring 2017

Indiana Packers Corporation

  • Delphi-based company building a cold storage distribution center beside its existing plant
  • New facility is a $23 million investment, and will include an unreleased number of new jobs
  • Construction expected to be complete by fall 2017

Laura Walls, Executive Director

Carroll County Economic Development



Elkhart County

Keystone RV

  • Recreational vehicle manufacturer and Thor Industries subsidiary expanding
  • Recently broke ground on two manufacturing plants in Goshen, IN
  • $8.6 million investment in two plants totaling 200,000 sq. ft.
  • Creating between 250 and 300 new jobs
  • First building expected to be completed by March 1st, 2017

Welch Packaging Group

  • Packaging company has completed installation of a new production line
  • $16 million expansion connected two existing buildings and added 130,000 sq. ft.
  • New line will employ more than 50 workers

Mark Dobson, President & CEO

Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County



Lake County

Patriot Rail Co.

  • Florida-based company has acquired the assets and location of United Transportation Group of East Chicago
  • Facility, now known as Lakeshore Railcar Services, is newly-upgraded and offers services such as: rail and tanker car washes, transloading, truck/trailer mechanical repair, hazardous material testing and wastewater treatment
  • Acquisition includes 12 acres of undeveloped land which the company says could lead to future expansion

Karen Lauerman, President & CEO

Lake County Economic Alliance



Porter County

Ratner Steel Supply Co.

  • Minnesota-based company greatly expanding operations in Portage, IN
  • Investing $8.8 million for a new, 100,000 sq. ft. facility, nearly doubling its footprint at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
  • Creating up to 37 new jobs by 2019

Amy Parker, Business Development Manager

Portage Economic Development



Whitley County

Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc.

  • Medical device manufacturer expanding operations with a second facility in Larwill, IN
  • Investing $450,000 to triple manufacturing space and add two jobs

Quality Inspection & Gage

  • Custom gage and fixture designer and manufacturer expanding operations in Columbia City, IN
  • Investing $250,000 in new machinery and 5,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space
  • Creating 2 new jobs

Jon Myers, President

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation