Crawford Industries, LLC, a plastics manufacturing and packaging company, will invest $5.2 million to expand its Crawfordsville, Indiana operations. The homegrown-Hoosier company will equip and add 45,000 square feet to its existing 100,000 square-foot facility located at 1414 Crawford Drive.
The firm manufactures high-density polyethylene and polypropylene sheet to convert into a wide range of plastic products such as binders, envelopes, folders and tote boxes. The company, which has an additional facility in Georgia, also provides design engineering and customized package design for its clients throughout North America.
Crawford Industries, which currently employs more than 95 Hoosiers, plans to begin hiring additional machine operators and management associates in April. “We are making these investments in Indiana to solidify our future here by broadening our capabilities to reach new and different markets,” said James Guinn, vice president of finance and treasurer at Crawford Industries. “As business changes we continue to look for ways to innovate to insure long term employment our people have become accustomed to, and we look forward to continuing to grow in Crawfordsville.”
“Indiana’s robust manufacturing sector is one of the key drivers of our economy. Crawford Industries is a long-time Indiana citizen and we will work hard to create a low-cost, competitive environment where it can continue to grow and create new jobs for Hoosiers,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Crawford Industries, LLC up to $90,000 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. In addition, the city of Crawfordsville approved additional tax abatement at the request of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.
“Crawford Industries serves as a shining example of success that can be achieved by a business born in our own community,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton. “They have been a valuable part of this community for many years, creating employment opportunities for local residents. We are proud of the fact they have chosen to expand in Crawfordsville rather than in their Georgia facility.”