The recently completed move by Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc. of a plastics production operation from Texas to Elkhart, Ind., could result in 100 new jobs in the next 18 months.
The South Bend Tribune reported that about 50 of the jobs already have been filled, said Gary McPhail, CFO for Lippert and Kinro. Fewer than five people will be transferring from the thermoforming plastics business in Waxahachie, Texas, he said.
The 100 jobs were part of the spring announcement from Lippert and Kinro that indicated 800 jobs would be coming to Elkhart and Goshen over the next several years.
“It was a natural move for us to relocate a portion of our thermoforming manufacturing to Indiana,” said Scott Mereness, Lippert Components president, in a news release. “The new location allows us to collaborate more closely with customers on product development.
“We will use the open manufacturing space in Texas for axle production. Now both of these product lines have room to grow and are strategically positioned closer to the customer base they will primarily serve.”
Lippert Components and Kinro are subsidiaries of Drew Industries Inc. in Elkhart.