Bristol-based Ameri-Kart plans $10.1 million expansion in Indiana • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Bristol-based Ameri-Kart plans $10.1 million expansion in Indiana

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Ameri-Kart’s facility at 17196 State Road 120 in Bristol.

Ameri-Kart is building a new $10.1 million production facility in Bristol.

The company, a rotational molder and thermoformer, will consolidate its existing operations in Bristol and Cassopolis, Mich., about 30 minutes north of the company’s Indiana site, according to a statement from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The move could create up to 210 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2022.

“We are excited to be making this investment in our community,” said Kristian Stankiewicz, president of Ameri-Kart. “The larger, modern facility will allow us to continue delivering highly innovative products and quality service to our customers and provide an improved work environment to our employees.”

Ameri-Kart manufactures a range of custom plastic parts used by the RV, marine, agricultural, construction, manufacturing and safety industries. The company’s new 234,000-square-foot building, now under construction, is being built on a 32-acre site at 1667 Commerce Drive near I-80/90 and I-94.

The company said its new building will accommodate the consolidation of its existing operations in Bristol and Michigan. Its relocation will be done in stages beginning this fall and should be completed by early 2021.

The company said consolidating its operations on one site will increase efficiency and enhance customer service. Ameri-Kart has 138 employees in Bristol and 85 in Michigan and plans to begin hiring for positions in professional and production roles in Bristol beginning in late September.

Bristol Town Council President Jeff Beachy said Ameri-Kart has been a good corporate neighbor for his community.

“When they approached us about building their new facility in our North Industrial Park we were more than excited and supportive of their project,” Beachy said. “We look forward to seeing the new facility as it springs to life from the once vacant property, into a thriving business.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Ameri-Kart Corp. up to $1.35 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans.

The IEDC also offered up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits from the Hoosier Business Investment tax credit program based on the company’s planned capital investment in Indiana. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired, the state said.


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