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  Dexter Axle Co., a maker of heavy duty and recreational vehicle axles, will be adding up to 200 jobs at its plant in Indiana’s Noble County plant early next year. The Elkhart-based company operates manufacturing plants in Indiana, Georgia and Oklahoma.

As reported by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Dexter this week gained approval from the Albion Town Council to use 11,000 square feet of the municipality’s land near Dexter’s campus. The two-year agreement will allow the company to expand its parking lot to accommodate vehicles for 100 to 200 more workers.

An unspecified investment in equipment also is underway. Officials at Dexter were unavailable Wednesday (Oct. 29) to provide details.

What is known, though, is the company’s trajectory in recent years, said Rick Sherck, executive director of the Noble County Economic Development Corp.

“They have been adding jobs for the past five years,” he said. “I’d say they’ve grown 10% to 15% during that time.”

The new jobs likely will start at $16.50 an hour. The average worker at Dexter makes $22 an hour.

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