Bus seat maker to start production in N. Indiana

Associated Press
Updated 7/5/2012 7:29 AM

ELKHART, Ind. -- A German company that makes passenger seats for buses and trains plans to start its first U.S. manufacturing facility in northern Indiana.

Officials from Kiel (keel) NA told the Elkhart City Council on Monday that the company will be increasing its operations at a site it has leased since 2009 as a distribution facility.

Company finance director Mark Walter says it plans to spend $3.8 million on manufacturing equipment and could hire about 60 workers over the next three years.

The Elkhart Truth reports that equipment installation could begin within a few months, with initial production starting soon afterward.

Walter says the convenience of working with nearby companies tied to the recreational vehicle industry factored into Kiel's decision to start manufacturing in Elkhart.

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