Automotive Equipment Manufacturer Growing Elkhart Headquarters
Elkhart, IN - Automotive Climate Control, Inc. (ACC), a manufacturer of mobile air conditioning and heating equipment, announced plans recently to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2015.
The company, which supplies to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in the automotive and specialty vehicle industries, will invest $4.99 million to purchase metal fabrication equipment for its 75,000 square-foot facility in Elkhart. Installation of the new equipment will begin in the coming months.
ACC, which currently has 51 full-time employees in Indiana, has already begun hiring additional supervisory, engineering and production associates.
"Our company is growing because of our constant efforts to deliver products that customers want at competitive prices," said Casey Cummings, president of ACC. "We chose Indiana based on the numbers of customers located in Elkhart and the excellent workforce available to hire as growth dictates."
Established in 1948 as Truck and Coach Heater Manufacturing in Livonia, Mich, ACC expanded its services to include air conditioning manufacturing in 1977. Today, the company, which also offers design and testing services, operates an additional facility in Byron, Ga.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Automotive Climate Control, Inc. up to $200,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants 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 Elkhart County Council approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Indiana's automotive industry is the second largest in the country, producing more than $9.8 billion in goods. Just two weeks ago, Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced plans to invest $75 million to increase production capacity at its Lafayette campus, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2014.
SOURCE: Automotive Climate Control, Inc.