Brinly-Hardy Company and Quality Hardwood Sales expand operations in Indiana

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced in July​ that Brinly-Hardy Company, Inc. is expanding its manufacturing operations in the state.

The lawn and garden equipment manufacturer is investing $4.63 million to renovate its current 240,000-square-foot facility. The investment will also go toward purchasing new equipment.

Part of the reason for the expansion is that Brinly-Hardy purchased Louisville Tin & Stove Co. earlier in July, and now plans to produce residential gas and propane heating equipment by 2015. Brinly-Hardy currently focuses on tractors and attachments, according to the IEDC's statement.

"This is a unique opportunity to put together two great, old companies from this area, and generate growth for both of them," said Jane Hardy, CEO of Brinly-Hardy. "Our manufacturing processes are so similar, but we've invested significantly in Lean production methods, and they haven't yet. It's time for them to do that, and we can lead the way."

The IEDC has offered Brinly-Hardy a conditional tax credit up to $150,000 and training grants up to $100,000.

Another manufacturing expansion
Quality Hardwood Sales, LLC is also growing, according to the IEDC. The wood products manufacturing is moving all of its production to its Elkhart County facility and will expand the building by 50,000 square feet.

Quality Hardwood has been offered a $200,000 conditional tax credit by the IEDC.

"Indiana provides the ideal central location to expand our business, keeping us close to our customers," said Darin Hurn, co-owner of Quality Hardwood Sales. "Elkhart County, in particular, is known as the RV capital of the world, also with a significant concentration of kitchen cabinet manufacturers. This the best place to add new jobs."

Job creation
Brinly-Hardy anticipates hiring 30 new workers by the 2015, and Quality Hardwood will hire 25 new employees by 2016.

Businesses expanding their operations should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.