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Recreational vehicle supplier Cequent Towing Products issued a second request for a tax abatement on around $9 milion in new and existing equipment at its Goshen, Ind., facility.
According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, Cequent’s proposal reflects higher wages than the company’s first request. In August, the city council voted 4-3 to reject two requested abatements for that same equipment.
The new information filed with Goshen showed the average wages of the 26 new jobs will be about $35,000 a year. The Plymouth, Mich,-based company also said in its filing the abatement will help retain the 487 existing employees, who average about $36,000 a year.
Those numbers place the jobs in between the county’s average overall wage and the average manufacturing wage. But the wages for the news jobs are several thousand dollars higher than those reported in August, when some council members cited pay scale as a reason for their vote against the abatement request.
Officials have been told Cequent did a more intensive survey of its wages to get the new numbers.
Cequent, a TriMas company, is a leading producer of towing products for the RV industry, including the Draw-Tite, Fulton and Reese brand names.