Aluminum Supplier Opens Elkhart County Plant

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November 7, 2013 by   Comments Off on Aluminum Supplier Opens Elkhart County Plant

What started as a satellite facility with one employee less than a decade ago could have 65 workers in the next two years.

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported that Champagne Metals showed off its new 85,000-square-foot processing and distribution center in Middlebury on Wednesday. The aluminum service center buys aluminum from mills, cuts it and then sells it to manufacturers, including pontoon boat and recreational vehicle manufacturers.

The investment in the new building and equipment is more than $5 million.

Already, 25 to 30 people are employed there and that number should grow to more than 40 in the next few months, said Mike Champagne, president and CEO of the company based in the Tulsa, Okla.-area.

In the next couple of years the new Middlebury facility could employ anywhere from 45 to 65, he said in a phone interview.

The center will serve the marine, cargo and electronics industries, and not just in this area in the Midwest, but throughout the entire East Coast and Canada, he said.

The company is also involved in every aspect of the RV industry, he said.

“We are cutting (aluminum) right in their own backyard,” Champagne said. “So we are hoping to take people’s inventory down and be able to deliver daily to this and all the industries here.”

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