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Trailer Manufacturer Plans Second Indiana Facility, 115 Jobs in Marion Share

Sep 21, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

MAR­I­ON, Ind. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Stealth Trail­ers, a man­u­fac­tur­er of open and enclosed car­go trail­ers, announced plans today to estab­lish a sec­ond loca­tion in Indi­ana, open­ing a new facil­i­ty in Mar­i­on. As part of its growth, the com­pa­ny plans to cre­ate up to 115 new jobs by 2020.

With the ben­e­fit of Indiana’s strong envi­ron­ment for man­u­fac­tur­ing, Stealth Trail­ers has grown from a Hoosier start­up into a major play­er in the trail­er indus­try in less than 10 years,” said Elaine Bedel, pres­i­dent of the Indi­ana Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (IEDC). Indiana’s grow­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers like Stealth Trail­er are sup­port­ing an indus­try that employs one in every five Hoosiers. As Stealth Trail­ers choos­es to open its sec­ond man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­ter in Indi­ana, we look for­ward to see­ing what’s next for this Indi­ana company.”

The Bris­tol, Indi­ana-based com­pa­ny will lease and equip a 48,000-square-foot facil­i­ty at 2703 W. 9th St. in Mar­i­on. Sup­ple­ment­ing oper­a­tions at its Bris­tol head­quar­ters, the new facil­i­ty will house com­plete trail­er man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions, includ­ing trail­er weld­ing, assem­bly and final fin­ish­ing. With the expand­ed pro­duc­tion, the com­pa­ny will work to improve pro­duc­tion lead time in sup­port of its role as the mar­ket share leader of car­go trail­ers in the Mid­west. With equip­ment instal­la­tion cur­rent­ly under­way, the com­pa­ny plans to launch oper­a­tions at the facil­i­ty by Oct. 1.

Stealth Trail­ers, which employs approx­i­mate­ly 175 asso­ciates in Bris­tol, is cur­rent­ly hir­ing for posi­tions across the com­pa­ny, includ­ing pro­duc­tion super­vi­sors, welders, office staff and gen­er­al labor­ers. Inter­est­ed appli­cants may apply by vis­it­ing www​.stealth​trail​er​.com under the careers tab.

After care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of sev­er­al loca­tions, we have found the city of Mar­i­on, Grant Coun­ty and the state of Indi­ana as the best pos­si­ble solu­tion for our expan­sion plans,” said Don Emahis­er, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Stealth Trail­ers. The sup­port we have received and expect to receive in the future has been noth­ing short of tremendous.”

Found­ed in 2008, Stealth Trail­ers man­u­fac­tures cus­tom and stan­dard trail­ers for cus­tomers across the Mid­west. Offer­ing trail­ers with a wide vari­ety of sizes, col­ors and ameni­ties, the com­pa­ny pro­duces trail­ers rang­ing from small lawn trail­ers to large con­ces­sion trail­ers. With a focus on unique design and aes­thet­ics, the company’s trail­ers are sold by 150 deal­ers through­out the region.

We are pleased that Stealth Trail­ers has cho­sen Mar­i­on to expand their oper­a­tion,” said Mar­i­on May­or Jess Alum­baugh. This part­ner­ship will not only assist Stealth Trail­ers in increas­ing their pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and growth, but it pro­vides employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for those here in Mar­i­on and Grant Coun­ty look­ing for a new career in man­u­fac­tur­ing. We look for­ward to a long and pros­per­ous rela­tion­ship with Stealth Trailers.”

The IEDC offered Stealth Enter­pris­es LLC up to $600,000 in con­di­tion­al tax cred­its and up to $70,000 in train­ing grants based on the company’s job cre­ation plans. These incen­tives are per­for­mance based, mean­ing until Hoosiers are hired, the com­pa­ny is not eli­gi­ble to claim incen­tives. The city of Mar­i­on sup­ports the project, and North­east Indi­ana Works will pro­vide addi­tion­al hir­ing and train­ing assistance.

As part of Gov­er­nor Holcomb’s plan to make Indi­ana a mag­net for job cre­ation, the Next Lev­el Jobs ini­tia­tive includes two new grant pro­grams designed to put Hoosiers to work in high-demand, high-wage indus­tries, includ­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing. The Work­force Ready Grant will skill-up adults to fill jobs in high-demand indus­tries, while the Employ­er Train­ing Grant will help off­set employ­er costs for on-the-job training.

About Stealth Trail­ers Stealth Trail­ers is the val­ue and vol­ume leader in enclosed car­go trail­ers for the Mid­west, and soon to be the entire coun­try. Over the past decade, we’ve been com­mit­ted to devel­op­ment and new inno­va­tion, smart use of mate­ri­als, clear direc­tion and to great prod­ucts sold through an amaz­ing deal­er net­work. The Titan, Preda­tor, Lib­er­ty and Rap­tor mod­els have all been game chang­ers in design when they were launched, and con­tin­ue to be today. Oth­er great mod­els and plans are on the hori­zon. This win­ning com­bi­na­tion of good looks, user-friend­ly fea­tures and all at the right price has put Stealth on the map to stay.

About IEDC The Indi­ana Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment efforts, help­ing busi­ness­es launch, grow and locate in the state. Gov­erned by a 15-mem­ber board chaired by Gov­er­nor Eric J. Hol­comb, the IEDC man­ages many ini­tia­tives, includ­ing per­for­mance-based tax cred­its, work­force train­ing grants, inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship resources, pub­lic infra­struc­ture assis­tance, and tal­ent attrac­tion and reten­tion efforts. For more infor­ma­tion about the IEDC, vis­it www​.iedc​.in​.gov.

Media Con­tacts: Aimee John­son, 866.886.5757 or ajohnson@​stealthtrailer.​com Abby Gras (IEDC) – 317.232.8845 or agras@​iedc.​in.​gov

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