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Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries Inc. plans to buy $3.3 million in equipment which will be housed in a new $1.3 million, 30,000-square-foot building at its Patrick Metals site in nearby Mishawaka.
The South Bend Tribune reported that the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing supplier was eyeing other locations – in and out of Indiana – for the expansion, but committed to Mishawaka in June after the city offered a tax abatement.
The expansion will add 25 to 30 new jobs. In June, when it applied for the abatement, Patrick Metals employed 172 people.
“The city was very aggressive in wanting us to do the expansion here, along with the state,” said Dale Smith, general manager of Patrick Metals.
In addition to the abatement, Patrick received funding and tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Smith said the new piece of equipment is a vertical powder coating system, capable of handling the large aluminum products the company manufactures.
The machine will be one of only three in North America and makes the painting process cleaner and more efficient, which could make the company more attractive to potential customers, Smith said.