Nibco Inc. of Elkhart, Ind., will be moving its Louisville, Ky., facility to Charlestown, Ind. The move affects the current 200 Louisville employees who may or may not be hired in Charlestown.
The new, $8 million, 187,000-square-foot plant will continue to injection mold thermoplastic valves and fittings from PVC and chlorinated PVC for commercial and industrial customers - in-cluding injection molders.
``Our Chemtrol product line has experienced 14 percent growth over the last several years,'' spokesman Don Hoffman said. ``The new plant will be in full operation by July 1 with transfer beginning at the end of March.''
Hoffman declined to say how many of the current molding machines will be making the 20-mile transfer from Louisville to Charlestown. Nor would he comment on the number of new machines that will be purchased.
The current plant in Louisville is 110,000 square feet and more than 50 years old. The city of Charlestown and the state of Indiana offered Nibco a $400,000 incentive package that includes a 10-year property-tax abatement from the city of Charlestown and utilities extensions and job-training funds.
Because the plant will feature cellular manufacturing, potential employees will have to take an aptitude test. By working in teams, employees will have more responsibility and make more decisions in making a product, from raw materials to packaging. This reorganization eliminates residential, commercial and industrial divisions in an attempt to better meet the customers' needs, according to the company. Current employees have no guarantee of being rehired.
Nibco is a provider of flow-control systems for the construction, irrigation and environmental protection markets and employs 3,200 worldwide. It was founded in 1904 and has 14 plants in Mex-ico, Poland and the United States.