A startup chassis manufacturing operation is asking Kendallville, Ind., officials for tax breaks on a $1.9 million investment projected to create 100 jobs in its first year.
As reported by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Robert Frost, president and CEO of Wolfpack Chassis LLC, said the company will build chassis – or the supporting frames – for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes. The product line will include chassis with slideout mechanisms.
“Our goal is to provide customers high-quality chassis at competitive prices, combined with unmatched delivery and customer service,” Frost said.
The business plan includes eventually moving into making chassis for cars, trucks and buses. The investors, who include seven silent partners, expect to invest more than $3 million in the operation over the next five years.
Frost, who lives in LaGrange, formed the company with one partner a year ago.
The company had been considering various locations in northern Indiana and southern Michigan before choosing the former Reliable Production Machining and Welding building in Kendallville.
“This building was really an ideal setup for what we wanted to do,” Frost said. City and county officials “put together a very attractive incentive package.”
Wolfpack is creating incentives of its own for workers. Employees would earn $22 an hour, on average, for jobs including engineering, welding and other skilled trades.
Hiring is expected to begin the last week of November.
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