Area Development
80/20 Inc., a maker of T-slotted aluminum components and framing, will invest more than $9.4 million to expand its Columbia City, Indiana, manufacturing plant by more than 90,000 square feet. It will also create up to 110 new jobs by 2014.

"Growth in demand for modular framing products has allowed us to expand our operations from a 65,000 square-foot facility in 1996 to over 135,000 square feet now," said Don Wood, president and CEO of 80/20 Inc. "We are excited, with the help of the state, to be able to further expand our facility as we continue to enter new markets and enjoy great success."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered 80/20 Inc. up to $500,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The Whitley County Council will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.

The company's products are used in safety enclosures, workstations, CNC equipment, and exhibits.