Manufacturer of RV, boat products is coming to La Porte; will employ 30-plus


Patrick Industries Senior Vice President Hugo González tells the city council how pleased the company is to be coming to LaPorte. Gonzalez also complimented city leaders for the cooperative effort to bring the firm here. (WNLP photo by Mike Kellems; click to enlarge)

A new manufacturing plant that will employ 30-plus people is coming to La Porte, it was announced at the La Porte City Council meeting Tuesday night, July 6, 2021.

Patrick Industries, which manufactures parts and products for the recreational vehicle, marine and manufactured housing industries, will move into the facility the city recently built in Rose Industrial Park on the city’s east side. The firm, founded in 1959, employs 9,500 people at more than 170 manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States, Canada and China, including one in Elkhart.   

Matt Saltanovitz, director of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, speaks to city leaders as Bert Cook looks on. (WNLP photo by Mike Kellems)

The La Porte site is expected to be operating by 2025. The Rose site covers 60,000 square feet. Patrick Industries will invest several million dollars to equip the facility. The jobs will pay $26 an hour and hiring is expected to begin late this fall.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council unanimously passed a resolution approving abatement of personal property taxes created by equipment purchases made by the company.

“La Porte is a community on the rise. We are thrilled to partner with an industry leader such as Patrick Industries and this project will provide high-quality employment opportunities for our residents,” Mayor Tom Dermody said. 

Patrick Industries Finance Manager Andy Martin (left) and Senior Vice President Hugo Gonzalez speak with Mayor Tom Dermody. (WNLP photo by Mike Kellems)

“We are excited to be working with the City of La Porte on this project,” said Patrick Industries Senior Vice President Hugo Gonzalez. “Our goal is to build a long-lasting partnership with the community. We want to thank the City, Mayor Dermody, (La Porte LEAP Director) Bert Cook and the La Porte City Council for their support.”

“Indiana has earned national recognition for its strength in manufacturing as the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the country,” said Interim Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Staton. “It’s rewarding to support companies like Patrick Industries that continue to thrive here, and I’m confident our business climate and high-quality talent pipeline will support their continued success for years to come.” 

According to its fact sheet: “Patrick Industries was founded in 1959 and is a major manufacturer and distributor of component and building products for the recreational vehicle, marine and manufactured housing industries. Patrick also supplies many of its products to certain industrial markets that include customers in the residential housing, high-rise, hospitality, kitchen cabinet, office and household furniture, fixtures and commercial furnishings, and other industrial markets. Patrick’s major manufactured products include decorative vinyl and paper-laminated panels, solid surface, granite and quartz countertops, fabricated aluminum products, wrapped vinyl, paper and hardwood profile mouldings, slide-out trim and fascia, cabinet doors and components, hardwood furniture, fiberglass bath fixtures and tile systems, thermoformed shower surrounds, specialty bath and closet building products, fiberglass and plastic helm systems and component products, wiring and wire harnesses, boat covers, towers, tops and frames, electrical systems components including instrument and dash panels, softwoods lumber, interior passage doors, air handling products, RV painting, slotwall panels and components, aluminum fuel tanks, and CNC molds and composite parts and other products. Patrick also  distributes pre-finished wall and ceiling panels, drywall and drywall finishing products, electronics and audio systems components, wiring, electrical and plumbing products, appliances, cement siding, raw and processed lumber, FRP products, interior passage doors, roofing products, tile, laminate and ceramic flooring, shower doors, furniture, fireplaces and surrounds, interior and exterior lighting products, and other miscellaneous products, in addition to  providing transportation and logistics services.”

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