Trim-Lok Inc. plans to expand its Elkhart, Ind., manufacturing and warehouse operation two-fold into a facility that eventually will allow it to increase the size of its work force and capabilities.
A leading producer of thermoplastic and thermoset rubber profile extrusions, the company's new, larger structure will be a state-of-the-art facility that spans 150,000 square feet, more than doubling its present set-up consisting of three buildings: a manufacturing plant, a warehouse and a building used for raw materials and other items, according to Dan Whitener, vice president and chief operating officer.
Located on the eastern border of Elkhart, the new plant also will have an additional 5,500 square feet of office space and feature the latest technologies to support all facets of the business, the company said in a news release.
Trim-Lok's Elkhart facility is one of three operated by the firm. The other two, which together cover a total of 400,000 square feet, are located in Buena Park, Calif., where the company is headquartered.
Founded in 1971 and celebrating its 50th anniversary, the firm expects to complete the expansion project by the spring of 2022, a spokeswoman said. The Elkhart border location of the new facility will allow for shorter transit times for raw materials and finished goods, and for better management of freight for both Trim-Lok and its customers, according to the company statement.
In addition, it said shipment times to customers also will be shortened because inventory will be easier to manage in a more central location for customers east of the Rocky Mountains.