Quality Hardwood Sales, LLC, a manufacturer of dimensioned wood products, plans to expand its operations facility in Nappanee, Indiana, creating up to 25 new jobs by 2016.
The company will expand and equip its facility at 493 Shawnee Drive in Nappanee, moving all production in house. Quality Hardwood plans to add 50,000 square feet to its current facility for domestic and foreign inventory, which will allow it to utilize a total of 128,000 square feet of operational space by April.
Founded in 2001, Quality Hardwood Sales manufactures wood interior products for the RV industry and constructs component parts for kitchen cabinets, furniture and other custom orders. Offering cut-to-size products, component parts and UV finished products, as part of its growth the company will expand its sales territory, accommodate just-in-time inventory requirements and install new precision equipment. Quality Hardwood Sales was honored in 2009 as an Indiana Company to Watch.
“Indiana provides the ideal central location to expand our business, keeping us close to our customers,” said Darin Hurn, Co-owner of Quality Hardwood Sales. “Elkhart County, in particular, is known as the RV capital of the world, also with a significant concentration of kitchen cabinet manufacturers. This the best place to add new jobs.” Quality Hardwoods Sales, which currently employs approximately 85 full-time Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring machine operators, off bearing associates and forklift drivers in April.
“To carve a niche in business, companies like Quality Hardwood Sales need an environment where expenses are limited and opportunities are boundless,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “With its selection of Indiana, it confirms that we are nailing our mission to be a state that works for business, from our low cost of doing business to a workforce that is second to none.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Quality Hardwood Sales, LLC up to $200,000 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. The city of Nappanee approved additional incentives at the request of the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Quality Hardwood Sales is one of our leading newer businesses in Nappanee,” said Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson. “From when they started here through several expansions, they have been great partners to the people of Nappanee. They are doing an excellent job and I’m very excited for them and their growth.”