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A new factory will open in Goshen, Ind., later this month to produce towing equipment products under the Draw-Tite and Reese brand names, according to the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Indiana.
Draw-Tite and Reese are units of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp.
The new factory in Goshen was a Reese Products warehouse until TriMas invested $10 million over the past 18 months to convert it into a manufacturing plant.
TriMas closed its Draw-Tite plant in Canton, Mich., and its Reese Products plant in Elkhart, Ind., late last year to consolidate production in Goshen, which is about 20 miles from Elkhart.
The new plant in Goshen is expected to employ around 480 people when fully operational and Colin Hindman, human resources manager for TriMas’ Towing Products Group, said about 80 positions still need to be filled, according to the Truth.
“We are going to be aggressively seeking people with higher levels of experience in areas such as welding,” Hindman added.
The consolidation of Draw-Tite and Reese resulted in the elimination of 300 hourly and salaried jobs in Canton and 31 salaried and administrative positions in Elkhart.
All 230 hourly workers at the former Reese plant in Elkhart were given the opportunity to transfer to Goshen.
TriMas closed the Canton and Elkhart plants because there was no room for expansion at either site.
Draw-Tite product lines include sway controls, wiring harnesses, brake controls and hitch balls. Reese makes heavy-duty weight-distributing hitches and accessories.