INDIANAPOLIS | Braun Corp., the Winamac-based manufacturer of wheelchair lifts and wheelchair-accessible vehicles, is expanding by bringing its Kalamazoo, Mich., operations to Pulaski County.
Pulaski County approved additional tax abatement for the company, which already employs more than 800 full-time Hoosier workers and expects to hire 70 more by 2016.
The company announced Monday night it will invest $7.5 million to repurpose an 18,000-square-foot production line at its Winamac headquarters.
The new line, which is scheduled to begin operating in late 2014, will enable the 41-year-old company to convert trucks and SUVs to accommodate wheelchairs, while providing added space to expand its current minivan conversion business.
Braun also expects to upgrade its buildings, material handling operations and shipping and receiving division as part of the consolidation.
"We are truly excited about what our growth plans mean for our customers, our employees, as well as the local community and the state of Indiana," said Nick Gutwein, Braun president. "We firmly believe there is no better place to invest than Pulaski County. Here, in rural Indiana, we have been able to build a company over four decades with men and women who have a true desire to create the best products."
The state's commerce agency, known as the Indiana Economic Development Corp., awarded Braun up to $600,000 in conditional tax credits and training grants based on the company's expansion plans.