Elkhart Paint Shop Expanding, Adds More Jobs
Mike Suski thought he saw a need.
As reported by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, it turned out he was right. When the RV industry slowed down in 2008, Suski, a manager at Newmar Corp., a maker of motor coaches, wondered if there was room for another paint shop locally in the industry.
He looked around and found there was room, especially a quality paint shop. So he started his own, Pro Custom Paint, in 2010.
“Not to bash anybody else but not that many put out as good of a paint job as we do,” he said. “It didn’t take long for us to start painting a little bit and for the word to get out. And it took off, mostly by word of mouth.”
The first year business was gained mostly by making cold calls. “But after that pretty much everybody calls me and asks me if I have capacity to do their units,” Suski said, “which has been really, really nice.”
Things are going so well that the company, which had three or four employees in 2010, has grown to 50 in three years.
With the aid of commercial realty broker FM Stone, Pro Custom Paint recently purchased two buildings totaling 66,647 square feet on 7.4 acres in Elkhart. Because of that, Suski believes more expansion is coming. In fact, he hopes to double his work force in 2014.
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