Hoosier-Grown Trailer Manufacturer Expanding in Elkhart County

Hoosier-Grown Trailer Manufacturer Expanding in Elkhart County

inTech Trailers, a custom aluminum trailer manufacturer, announced plans to expand its operations in Nappanee, creating up to 60 new high-wage jobs.

“Look at the intersection of manufacturing and motorsports, and you’ll find inTech Trailers,” said Governor Mike Pence. “inTech Trailers is an Indiana homegrown success story, launching here with the support of a manufacturing workforce that employs one in every five Hoosiers and a business climate built for growth. Today this company sells its trailers around the world, demonstrating once again that Indiana is a national manufacturing leader.”

The homegrown Hoosier company will invest $1.67 million to expand operations across its campus at 1940 W. Market St. in Nappanee. inTech Trailers has purchased 3.5 acres of land adjacent to its current property and plans to build a new 42,000-square-foot facility. With construction expected to begin this month, the company will install a full production line to manufacture motorsports trailers at its new facility, requiring new equipment such as saws, forklifts, welding machines, overhead cranes, scaffolds, hydraulic shears and hydraulic brakes. As part of its growth, the company recently completed a renovation of an 8,000-square-foot insulated and heated production facility, which was formerly used for cold storage.

inTech Trailers, which currently employs 80 full-time associates, plans to begin hiring skilled production and office support associates in January, with new positions expected to pay on average nearly 40 percent more than the state’s average wage. Interested applicants may apply by calling inTech Trailers at 574.773.9536 or by submitting an application at its facility.

“Indiana is the perfect place to attract top talent for our business,” said Adam Maxwell, chief executive officer of inTech Trailers. “Here in Nappanee, we’re proud to have a strong team of skilled engineers, craftsmen and professionals helping us build custom trailers that are sold around the world. And with Indiana’s world-class business climate, we couldn’t have found a better place to grow and thrive.”

Founded in 2010, inTech Trailers designs and manufactures custom all-aluminum trailers, which are sold across the nation. The company’s engineers utilize 3D CAD software to customize its trailers, which are then produced with a small shop-based production method. inTech Trailers has seen increased demand to produce trailers for racing and motorsports operations, particularly quarter midget and kart racing, which is a major driving force for its current growth. Earlier this year, the company was recognized by the Nappanee Chamber of Commerce as one of its three Excellence in Business award recipients.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered inTech Trailers Inc. up to $450,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Nappanee will consider additional incentives.

“Nappanee is excited to see inTech Trailers’ continued growth in the community,” said Nappanee Mayor Phil Jenkins. “The company’s commitment to quality products and customer service fits well with Nappanee’s tradition of successful local businesses. We are pleased to partner with inTech as they look at adding facilities to increase production and improve efficiency.”

Manufacturing companies like inTech Trailers continue to find the workforce and business climate they need to expand in Indiana. Since July 2009, manufacturing companies have created 89,900 new jobs in the Hoosier state at a rate that ranks second in the nation. Indiana continues to have the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs of all states.