COLUMBIA CITY — Gator Cases, Inc., a manufacturer of cases, bags and stands for the music, pro-audio, audiovisual markets and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) case suppliers, announced plans today to relocate its distribution center from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Whitley County, creating up to 106 new jobs by 2016.
The Tampa, Fla.-headquartered company, which designs and manufactures hard cases and bags to protect a variety of products, will invest $4,464,000 to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000 square-foot facility at 2499 S. 600 E. in Columbia City.
The new facility, which is expected to be complete by January 2014, will house its rotational molding factory.
“We understand that Gator Cases considered a number of options for what represents an impressive milestone in the company’s development,” said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.
“With that in mind, we commend the owners’ decision to grow the business in Northeast Indiana and we are pleased to welcome Gator Cases to Whitley County.”
Gator Cases, which employs 28 full-time associates in Indiana and 64 across the country, plans to begin hiring manufacturing, operation and distribution positions this December.
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