More than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart County.
Premium Rock, a maker of engineered stone panels, announced Monday plans to expand its Elkhart operations and create 74 new jobs by the end of 2024.
“As a state, we’re laser-focused on providing a rock-solid, business-friendly environment so innovative companies like Premium Rock are able to focus on what matters most – developing its product and growing its team,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Premium Rock’s expansion plans demonstrate the resilience of Hoosier manufacturers, and we look forward to watching the company continue to grow, supporting the Elkhart County community and adding quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”
Premium Rock produces lightweight, highly durable, fire-resistant, waterproof and UV-resistant engineered stone panels by implementing a cold-embedding process to produce seamless images.
Premium Rock will double its existing 20,000-square-foot plant on County Road 12 in Elkhart and add new machine and product lines. Construction on the site began in September and the company expects the site to be fully operational by May.
“We’re excited to expand our operations in Indiana and believe the Elkhart community and state of Indiana both provide a great quality of place and low cost of living, which is important to us for our growing team,” said Premium Rock CEO Terry Ploetz. “Being from Elkhart, it means a lot to grow our company in the community we’ve grown up in and are excited to create jobs and expand our footprint in Elkhart.”
Premium Rock currently has seven associates in Indiana and anticipates hiring for positions in graphic design, fabrication, warehouse logistics, and a plant manager. Hiring will begin in March 2021. Interested applicants may apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Premium Rock LLC up to $750,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s plans to create up to 80 new jobs by the end of 2024. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired.