A wholesale distributor of building products in Indiana is getting into the manufacturing business to meet increased demand for reflective bubble insulation used in the construction industry.
Tom and Kristine Wieckowski, the owners of High Mark Supply in Marengo, Ind., are building a 12,000-square-foot facility in nearby Leavenworth for a start-up company called Simco of Southern Indiana.
Simco will produce insulation that reduces heat gain and energy costs for post-frame, metal and pole buildings, such as livestock barns. The plant is expected to be operating by December and create 10 jobs by 2021.
There are only three U.S.-based manufacturers of reflective bubble insulation products, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp., which has offered Simco $80,000 of conditional tax credits based on job creation. Simco plans to hire four full-time employees — a manager, supervisor and two production floor workers — by the end of 2019, then add six workers over the next two years as orders pick up.
The Wieckowskis launched Simco "to support increased customer demand" at High Mark Supply, according to an IEDC news release. Kristine Wieckowski declined further comment until the project is further along, she said in an email to Plastics News.
High Mark Supply also distributes vinyl windows, polycarbonate panels, and fiberglass aluminum and steel doors, among other products.