Startup Wolfpack Chassis Builds on Teamwork
Lone wolves need not apply at Wolfpack Chassis LLC. According to a report in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the startup company in Kendallville, Ind., calls its workers “team members.”
“The most important thing I’m looking for is people who have a positive attitude, they’re willing to work as part of a team, and they can produce. Obviously, you’ve got to have the technical skills,” said Robert Frost, chief executive officer and president of Wolfpack Chassis. “You can train people to be chassis builders. You can’t always train a positive attitude where you can work with team members. On a (production) line there are 10 guys working who are synchronized, and they have to work together and support each other. If they don’t, they’re not going to fit in very well.”
Frost and his partner, Steve Hawk, employ a dozen people at Wolfpack Chassis. They plan for about 100 workers eventually, depending on demand for the frames the company fabricates to support recreational vehicles and manufactured housing, including mobile homes. The partners began production this year in a vacant industrial building they rented on the west side of Kendallville near Indiana 3.
The 53,000-square-foot plant is largely empty. It has two production lines, where workers cut, weld and paint steel beams, transforming them into chassis that can weigh from 2,000 pounds for an RV to 9,000 pounds for a mobile home. There is space in the factory for up to a dozen more lines.
“As we start ramping up and business picks up, then we’ll be hiring more,” Frost said. The jobs pay between $15 and $25 an hour.
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