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The Goshen, Ind., city council on Tuesday (April 4) approved a three-year phase-in on the personal property taxes of RV supplier Genesis Products Inc. for a planned $4.6 million expansion project.
Genesis CEO Jon Wenger said his company purchased the small factory on Goshen’s Industrial Drive from Creative Door in November and kept all of the company’s employees, according to the Goshen News. Now, Genesis is planning to add $3 million in new machinery and equipment to manufacture hardwood cabinets for the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries. A $1.6 million expansion of the facility is also planned.
Wenger told council members that company officials were not seeking a tax break just to add to their bottom line. “It is important for us to control costs,” he said, explaining that Genesis must compete with larger area suppliers. He also told the council that the company would be more likely to receive benefits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. if city officials granted them the phase-in.
Genesis officials expect 35 new jobs to be added as a result of the expansion. Those jobs would pay around $20 an hour.
One of two council members opposing the measure in a 4-2 vote, Bill Bloss, said he did so because he was not satisfied with answers to some of the questions he had posed to company officials on a recent visit. “We need more diversity in our industry,” he added. “I have a problem that this is still connected to RV’s.”
Councilwoman Julia Gautsche said she, too, had concerns that the company was not more diverse. But she voted in favor of the three-year phase-in because she liked the fact that it was a young company and wanted to see it succeed.
“This is exactly the kind of company we’ve been talking about attracting to our community,” added council member Chic Lantz.