Glass Manufacturer Expanding In Fremont, IN

Cardinal IG, a manufacturer of residential insulated glass for windows and doors, will expand its operations in Fremont, IN, investing $2.3 million into its Indiana operations and creating up to 38 new jobs by 2019.                                                    

Fremont Indiana

The company, which is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cardinal Glass Industries, is building an addition to its 318,000-square-foot Fremont facility, where it produces insulated glass for the residential glass market. The company will install new rack processing to help facilitate new robotic automation, allowing Cardinal IG to relocate part of its glass manufacturing process which was previously supported by an out-of-state supplier. The addition will also include expanded space for its technical support department in Fremont. Construction began earlier this year, with plans to be operational by August.

“By bringing part of our glass manufacturing process in-house to our facility in Fremont, Cardinal IG will be better positioned to support rising demand in residential construction,” said Odin Clifton, director of manufacturing at Cardinal IG. “With a strong workforce that keeps growing here and a robust business climate, Indiana continues to be a great place for Cardinal IG to grow and thrive.”

Cardinal Glass Industries employs more than 6,000 associates at 37 facilities across the country, including 11 Cardinal IG facilities, and approximately 300 associates at its Indiana facility.

Fremont Indiana
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“National manufacturers have options when considering a project like this. Cardinal IG could have located this growth anywhere, but it chose Indiana,” said Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “Growth from companies like Cardinal IG has helped our state add 29,600 manufacturing jobs in just the last three and a half years. Today Hoosiers are building everything from glass to jet engines, supported by a business climate that’s home to low taxes and limited regulations.”

Cardinal IG is the second manufacturing company just this year to announce that it is expanding its operations in Fremont. In May, Cold Headling Company announced plans to more than double the size of its Indiana operations, creating up to 30 new manufacturing jobs. So far this year eight manufacturers have announced that they are expanding their operations in Northeast Indiana, investing more than $72 million and creating up to 323 new jobs in the coming years.

The IEDC offered Cardinal IG up to $85,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until employees are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Fremont approved additional incentives at the request of the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation.

“Cardinal IG is the largest employer in Fremont,” said Steve Brown, president of the Fremont Town Council. “They have enjoyed strong growth from the time they built their facility 20 years ago and we’re happy to support their continued growth in Fremont.”

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