The Braun Corp., a wheelchair lift and wheelchair vehicle manufacturer, will invest $7.5 million to expand its headquarters in Winamac, Ind., creating up to 70 jobs by 2016.
According to a press release, the homegrown-Hoosier company will relocate production from its Kalamazoo, Mich., facility to Winamac and convert an 18,000-square-foot production line located at its Winamac headquarters. The new production line, which is anticipated to be fully operational late next year, will allow Braun to convert additional Dodge, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota minivans into rear-entry, wheelchair accessible vehicles.
As part of the expansion, Braun will also install a new line to convert trucks and SUVs. To support this product growth, the company will expand its infrastructure and facilities, including an upgrade to material handling, shipping and receiving operations. It will also launch a new enterprise resource planning system.
“We are truly excited about what our growth plans mean for our customers, our employees, as well as the local community and the state of Indiana,” said Nick Gutwein, president of Braun.
Braun, which currently has more than 800 full-time employees in Indiana, has already begun hiring additional production line associates and will fill engineering, management, information technology, sales, marketing and aftersales positions over the next year.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Braun up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. In addition, Pulaski County approved additional tax abatement at the request of Pulaski County Economic Development.