South Bend-based Emergency Vehicle Seating Ltd. broke ground Wednesday on a $6 million, 50,000 square foot facility to expand production capacity. The company, founded in 1993, manufactures seats that are designed for the back of ambulance.
EVS says the seat can accommodate an adult, or be converted to safely carry a toddler, in an ambulance.
The plant expansion will result in 11 new jobs which represent a 40% increase in employment at the South Bend factory. The company also operates a facility in Elkhart County.
“Our need to expand is being driven by our customers. We are going to enter new markets to make seats and cushions for other vehicles and to expand our current seat offering. Our existing seats have an innovative ability to transport an adult as well as an uninjured child. We are going to bring a new seat to market that can transport an adult, a child, and an infant” said EVS Chief Executive Officer Tom Downey.
WNDU-TV reports the company is looking to expand its product line, such as manufacturing seats for dialysis buses and mobile medical coaches.
In 2015, EVS became 100% employee owned.