Lippert Seeks Tax Break, Adding 376 Workers
Two companies have pledged to bring 403 new jobs to Goshen, Ind., in exchange for tax phase-ins spanning seven years each.
As reported by The Elkhart Truth, the Goshen City Council will review requests on April 9, from Falcon Corp. and Lippert Components Inc. to expand, invest in real estate and hire new employees. Both companies supply products for the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle industries.
Lippert Components wants to expand its operations in Goshen, which include three plants at 2703 College Ave., 2473 Kercher Road and 1701 Century Drive. The company produces RV frames, 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.
Lippert, a division of Drew Industries based in White Plains, N.Y., employs more than 4,000 people in Elkhart County along with its affiliated company Kinro. By 2016, Lippert wants to add up to 376 production workers at its three Goshen facilities. The new employees would earn an average hourly wage of $13, not including overtime or production bonuses.
While Lippert would still pay about $295,620 in additional property taxes, a phase-in spanning seven years would save the company $484,380 in personal property taxes, according to a memo to the city council from Goshen Community Development Director Mark Brinson.
Falcon Corp., operated by Dave Carter and Associates, hopes to relocate its distribution center from 1136 Verdant Drive in Elkhart to a new facility on Century Drive in Goshen. The company, headquartered in Ocala, Fla., has been around for three decades with a dozen offices and distribution centers across the country, including its plant in Elkhart. Its product lines include electrical, plumbing, ventilation and air conditioning, windows, electronics and appliances.
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