Furniture Maker Wieland Designs to Expand in Indiana

Company plans to invest $1 million to upgrade facilities and machinery in Goshen.

Wieland Designs Inc., a Goshen, Ind.-based manufacturer of furniture and transportation interior components, said it will expand its Goshen operations, creating up to 120 new jobs by 2015.

The company plans to invest $1 million to improve existing facilities and purchase specialized machinery to enhance production capabilities in its 210,000 square-foot facility, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The improvements are planned in several phases spanning the next three years.

Founded in 1976 by Cliff Wieland, Wieland Designs began as a manufacturer of automotive seats for the van-conversion industry. Today, the privately held company designs, engineers and manufactures furniture and transportation interior components for the health care, corporate, residential, automotive and airline industries.

"With its business-friendly policies, high-quality administrative and engineering talent and strong labor force, it makes sense for us to expand right here at home in Indiana," CEO Kip Wieland said in a news release.

The company, which has 146 employees in Indiana, will begin hiring additional sewing operators, manufacturing and administrative associates later this month. The company will hold an onsite job fair on Oct. 22.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Wieland Designs up to $1.3 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans. The city of Goshen will consider additional property-tax abatement.

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