Elkhart, Ind.-based Postle Aluminum Co. announced that it has begun construction of a new extrusion plant in Cassopolis, Mich.
The $8 million dollar expansion, including plant and equipment, will be located on four acres next to the company’s existing campus. The plant will encompass 60,000 square feet and result in the addition of 40 new jobs to Postle’s existing workforce.
CEO Kevin Robinson said Postle broke ground in August and expects completion and startup of the project in March 2015.
“Postle is growing and this expansion will help to support the continued growth of the RV industry,” Robinson said.
Elkhart, Ind.-based distributor Postle Aluminum Co. continues to grow operations, recently announcing its third expansion in eight years.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, though most of the company’s largest clients are located in the Elkhart area, it chose to make this more than $12.5 million expansion at its Cassopolis, Mich., plant. The company broke ground earlier this month and plans to be in full production March 1.
“We had multiple locations here in Indiana to consider,” said Kevin Robinson, Postle president and CEO. But, he explained, many factors made Cassopolis the best place for the expansion, including a $400,000 grant awarded to the village of Cassopolis specifically for the company to use for on-the-job training.
Postle, which was founded in 1974 by John Postle, produces and distributes extruded aluminum products. Its main focus is the recreational vehicle market, including companies such as Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc., both in Elkhart; Jayco Inc., of Middlebury; Fleetwood RV Inc., of Decatur; and Monaco, currently operating in Wakarusa.
The company also serves other markets, including fencing, specialty trailer, aluminum fabrication, truck component and building products.
Postle, which has nearly 400 employees, runs three shifts at most of its locations. Besides the Cassopolis division, Postle has three divisions in Elkhart — Midwest on Pine Creek Court, which houses corporate offices and distribution; Temple on Tuscany Drive, an aluminum manufacturer and coding division; and Reflex on Purina Drive, a steel and aluminum job shop.
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