Lake Area Designs Relocates to LaGrange, Ind.

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September 19, 2013 by   Comments Off on Lake Area Designs Relocates to LaGrange, Ind.

A new company that designs and builds custom wood molding, doors and furniture for the recreational vehicle, home-building and commercial construction industries is settling into its new headquarters in LaGrange, Ind., and ramping up for increased production.

According to a press release, Lake Area Designs LLC moved into its new office and manufacturing facilities in April after investing $1.5 million to lease and renovate existing buildings to accommodate its needs.

Lake Area Designs was formed when a group of investors led by Rob West purchased the assets of the former Lake Area Mouldings Plus LLC in Sturgis, Mich. The decision was soon made to relocate the new business to LaGrange to be closer to its customer base and reap the benefits of the Hoosier state’s business-friendly environment.

Lake Area designs and produces custom wood trim, doors and furniture from start to finish through its full-service mill room, assembly shop and finishing center.

“We also do very high-end, solid-wood doors for home and building entryways and interiors, along with doors for custom cabinetry,” according to West, who serves as president of Lake Area Designs. He said the company is expanding its residential products and services, and has staff members dedicated to working one on one with designers, architects and general contractors.

The new firm hired eight of the predecessor company’s production workers and has since added 11 additional employees, making for a total of 19 current employees. Lake Area Designs plans to create up to 34 new jobs by 2016, making it eligible for performance-based, job-creation tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).  The firm will also be receiving tax abatements from the town of LaGrange at the request of Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation.

“The LaGrange County EDC is proud to have worked with Lake Area Designs, which is contributing to the prosperity of the community and creating jobs for LaGrange County residents,” Gillenwater said.

For more information visit or call (260) 499-3222.

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