Auto Truck Group Fort Wayne

A work truck and van parts maker and upfitter plans to build a $6 million, 72,865-square-foot production facility in Roanoke, which it said would create up to 50 jobs by the end of 2022.

“The state’s robust manufacturing sector and our strong pipeline of talent makes Indiana the perfect destination for job creators like Auto Truck Group to grow,” Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said in a statement.

“The company’s commitment to invest in the Allen County community will support efforts across northeast Indiana to propel the region’s economy, while creating even more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”

Auto Truck designs and installs the parts it makes to transform truck chassis and bodies into task-specific, functional work trucks for customers in industries such as construction, energy, local and state government, railroad, telecommunications and utilities.

The plant will expand the company’s production facility footprint in the Stonebridge Business Park by 50,000 square feet by next May and will replace the facility it uses now at 13710 Lower Huntington Road in Roanoke.

In addition to increasing Auto Truck’s Roanoke production capacity to accommodate business growth, the new facility will provide some office space.

The expansion is projected to increase the company’s Roanoke workforce by 66%. Auto Truck spokesman Mike Cianfrone said the Allen County facility is the only one it operates in Indiana and it employs 76 there.

“Our Fort Wayne facility and its employees have played a vital role in our company’s continued success, and as a result of this unprecedented growth, we’ve quickly outgrown our current location,” Pete Dondlinger, Auto Truck president, said in the statement.

“Fort Wayne is an ideal location for Auto Truck Group, and this new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will further enhance our production capabilities as we continue to develop customized vehicles for every type of vocational application to meet the needs of our customers.”

Founded 101 years ago, Auto Truck upfits more than 42,000 commercial vehicles annually at a dozen plants where it offers ship-through services for many top original equipment manufacturers.

“Auto Truck Group’s decision to grow its footprint in Allen County not only recognizes the strength of our manufacturing sector, but also reflects the skill of our workers, the quality of life in our community and the competitiveness of our business climate,” Allen County’s commissioners said in a joint statement. The commissioners are Rich Beck, Therese Brown and Nelson Peters.

The IEDC offered to support the project with up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits based on Auto Truck’s job creation plans. The Allen County Council will consider offering additional incentives and Northeast Indiana Works will support the project with training and hiring assistance.

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