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Manufacturer to consolidate operations in Elkart County

(photo courtesy of Ameri-Kart)

BRISTOL, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — An Elkhart County manufacturer is looking to grow its Indiana footprint. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Ameri-Kart Corp. plans to invest more than $10 million to build and equip a 234,000-square-foot facility in Bristol and create up to 210 jobs by the end of 2022. The company says the move will consolidate its Michigan and Indiana operations under one roof.

Ameri-Kart is a subsidiary of Ohio-based Myers Industries Inc. (NYSE: MYE). The company, manufactures custom plastic parts for the recreational vehicle, marine, agricultural, construction, manufacturing and safety industries, currently employs more than 220 between its Indiana and Michigan locations.

“We are excited to be making this investment in our community,” Kristian Stankiewicz, president of Ameri-Kart, said in a news release. “The larger, modern facility will allow us to continue delivering highly innovative products and quality service to our customers and provide an improved work environment to our employees.”

Construction on the new facility has begun. Ameri-Kart plans to begin relocating its existing employees in phases this fall and be fully moved in by early 2021. The company also expects to begin hiring for professional and production jobs in late September.

“Ameri-Kart has been a great business partner for many years, with their current facility located just outside Bristol town limits, so when they approached us about building their new facility in our North Industrial Park we were more than excited and supportive of their project,” said Bristol Town Council President Jeff Beachy. “We look forward to seeing the new facility as it springs to life from the once vacant property, into a thriving business.”

The IEDC has offered Ameri-Kart up to $1.4 million in conditional tax credits, as well as up to $400,000 in Hoosier Business Investment tax credits, which the company will not be eligible to claim until Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs.