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Article updated: 8/13/2013 7:15 AM

Wheelchair lift company shifting work to northern Indiana

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By Associated Press

WINAMAC, Ind. -- A company that converts minivans into wheelchair-accessible vehicles plans adding up to 70 jobs at its northern Indiana headquarters by shifting production from a Michigan factory.

Officials from The Braun Corp. say it will spend about $7.5 million to modify a production line at its Winamac facility so workers can install rear-entry wheelchair lifts on minivans. The company says that work will be moved from its Kalamazoo, Mich., facility.

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The new line is expected to be operational by late next year in the town about 50 miles south of South Bend. Braun has some 800 full-time Indiana employees at plants in Winamac and Elkhart.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it offered Braun up to $500,000 in tax credits and $100,000 in training grants.

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