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Hiring Hoosiers: Steel door and frame manufacturer coming to Indy

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 21:49:23-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A Massachusetts-based steel door and frame manufacturer has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Indianapolis.

According to information from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, DE LA FONTAINE Industries is investing more than $2.25 million to lease and equipment 12,000 square feet of space at 1445 Brookville Way.

The new facility will house state-of-the-art production equipment and will enable the company to maintain short lead times and better serve its Midwest clients. It will be the fourth facility in the U.S. for the company. It is expected to be operational in February.

"DE LA FONTAINE Industries fits perfectly in Indiana, where we're home to more than 8,500 manufacturing operations and the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. "With DE LA FONTAINE Industries' Midwest growth comes new Hoosier job opportunities, and we're confident our skilled workforce will help the company find success in the Hoosier state."

According to the IEDC, the company plans to create up to 20 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2023. Applicants can apply for open positions online.

"This new facility in Indianapolis is a part of our global strategy, as it will reinforce DE LA FONTAINE's presence in the Midwest," Gabriel de La Fontaine, the company's general manager, said. "We have worked for many years to expand our presence in the American territory. To satisfy our customers of this burgeoning market, we realized it was necessary to assert a physical presence in the field."

Founded in 1968, the company is a third-generation family business.

"We welcome the addition of DE LA FONTAINE Industries to our thriving manufacturing sector," Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said. "This announcement is yet another reminder of how our competitive business environment and vibrant quality of life will continue to attract and retain good jobs."

The IEDC offered the company $125,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. The tax credits are performance-based and the company will not receive the incentives until Hoosiers are hired.

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