Rep. Culver applauds Supreme Industries for expanding in Goshen (3/6/2012)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  3/6/2012  All Day  
End Date:  3/6/2012    

Rep. Culver applauds Supreme Industries for expanding in Goshen

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Wes Culver (R-Goshen) applauds Supreme Industries, Inc. for announcing plans to expand its operation in Goshen, creating up to 350 new jobs by 2015.

Supreme Industries is a full-line manufacturer of customized truck bodies. The company has manufacturing locations in five states, with its corporate headquarters and largest site in Goshen. The company plans to invest $7.71 million to refurbish and equip multiple facilities used in the truck and bus production located in Elkhart County. 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Supreme Industries up to $1,500,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $67,500 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans.

“This makes me optimistic about job growth and expansion in Elkhart County,” said Rep. Culver. “I think Supreme Industries has made a great decision by choosing to expand its Goshen location and goes to show that our district is a great place to establish and do business.”

“We have worked hard and focused on passing legislation that will make our state more job-friendly” said Rep. Culver. “I hope we continue to see more businesses coming to our district and choosing to expand here, just like Supreme Industries.”

Supreme Industries currently employs 630 associates in Goshen and more than 1,600 nationwide. The company will begin hiring new manufacturing associates later this year.

During the 117th General Assembly some of the House bills that addressed economic development in Indiana were: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004 increases access to start-up capital for Indiana businesses, in addition to lowering the corporate income tax rate; HEA 1006 promotes economic development locally and regionally; and HEA 1007 allows enhanced abatement schedules and hiring incentives to encourage local job growth.

Recently HEA 1001, Right to Work was signed into law by the Governor. This new legislation gives Hoosier workers the freedom to decide whether or not to financially support a union and will also give companies the flexibility to respond more effectively to the needs of the marketplace. Economic development experts testified that Right to Work states could bring in nearly 50 percent of the companies that would not have considered Indiana otherwise.