Trine Family Continues Angola Investment

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The company was founded in Michigan in the late 1950s and relocated to Steuben County in 1982. The company was founded in Michigan in the late 1950s and relocated to Steuben County in 1982.

A fourth-generation manufacturer in northeast Indiana is growing again. Angola-based Vestil Manufacturing Corp. has announced plans to invest close to $15 million to expand its main facility, construct a new fulfillment center and add up to 100 jobs by 2021. The company, owned by the family that is the namesake of Trine University, is currently the second-largest employer in the Steuben County city.

Vestil Manufacturing makes loading dock, material handling, drum handling and packaging equipment, as well as ergonomic products. It currently employs more than 400 and says 2016 was a record sales year for the company, which relocated to Angola from Albion, Michigan in 1982. Its six Steuben County manufacturing and warehousing facilities encompass more than one million square-feet currently.

President Barry Trine says "Vestil credits Indiana's centralized location and Angola's proximity to major roadways as a major factor in its decision to stay and grow in Indiana. The strong work ethic and diversified work skills of Hoosiers was another determining factor. We are excited to be expanding in Indiana, and are thankful for the continued support of the state and the Angola community."

Plans call for an additional 8,100 square-feet at Plant 1 and the new fulfillment center will be 250,000 square-feet. The new jobs include managers, welders and machinists, as well as packaging, shipping and maintenance positions.

Vestil Manufacturing has been offered up to $750,000 from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. in conditional tax credits and training grants. You can connect to more about the expansion by clicking here.

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