Area Development
Flex-N-Gate Corporation, an equipment manufacturer of automotive parts, plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Covington, Indiana, creating up to 68 new jobs in this city of 2,600 residents in the western part of the state.

Flex-N-Gate, which currently employs 65 full-time employees at its three Indiana locations, has already begun hiring additional welding technicians, robotic technicians, machine operators and assembly associates, a company spokesman said.

The Illinois-based company, which also provides product engineering, project management and testing services, is investing $5.1 million to purchase robotic welding cells and improve supporting infrastructure at the company's 440,000-square-foot facility in Covington.

"Flex-N-Gate's continued success in our state gives testament to Indiana's impressive and thriving manufacturing and automotive industries," said Governor Mitch Daniels.

"Flex-N-Gate originally located in Indiana approximately 20 years ago and we appreciate the support the state of Indiana and our local governments have provided to us during that time," said Tom Clarkson, Flex-N-Gate chief financial officer. "Indiana provides us a favorable business climate and allows us to operate in a good location geographically to our customers. "

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Flex-N-Gate Covington up to $350,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $57,950 in job training grants.

Warren County Council is considering a property tax abatement to help with plant expansion. "Warren County is so fortunate to have a robust industrial employment base," said John Comer, president of the Warren County Council. "The expansion and scope of the new robotics line at Flex-N-Gate is in perfect sync with Warren County's ongoing focus towards a more technically-skilled employment base that enhances the average wage for the county workforce."