Lake Area Designs LLC (LAD), a wood furniture and custom molding manufacturer for the recreational vehicle and commercial industries, announced plans today (Feb. 5) to relocate its operations from Sturgis, Mich., to LaGrange, Ind., creating up to 34 new jobs by 2016.
According to a news release, the company will invest $1.5 million to lease and renovate a 24,000-square-foot facility located in LaGrange. LAD plans to move its operations to the new facility when construction is completed in April. The company will retain 10 employees from Sturgis and begin hiring additional manufacturing and production associates in June.
Founded in Sturgis in 2004, LAD designs and manufactures wooden furniture, including coffee tables, chairs and end tables. The company, which also specializes in custom wood moldings such as door trims and base rails, supplies to multiple RV companies across northeast Indiana.
“We are very excited to make the move to Indiana to be closer to our customer base in northern Indiana,” said Rob West, president of LAD. “Being able to do business in a right-to-work state that provides companies with the necessary tools to be successful made the decision to relocate here an easy one and we look forward to growing in LaGrange County and the state of Indiana.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Lake Area Designs up to $325,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of LaGrange approved additional tax abatement at the request of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation.
“We are happy to support a new business in the town of LaGrange,” said Mark Eagleson, president of the LaGrange Town Council. “The woodworking industry has great roots in LaGrange County and this new venture will not only create new jobs but support the industry that we already have established.”