Goshen News: Utilimaster investing $1.88M in campus

WAKARUSA — The help-wanted sign was already out by the road at Utilimaster, even before the Wakarusa Town Council passed resolutions allowing tax abatements for the company Tuesday evening.

The council passed two resolutions declaring certain Utilimaster properties as revitalization areas for the purpose of 10-year tax abatements on both real and personal property for Utilimaster and Spartan Motors Inc., which owns Utilimaster.

Utilimaster will be making real estate improvements of approximately $1.88 million, including adding about 6,000 square feet to Plant 11. The company committed to adding 60 additional jobs in return for the tax abatements.

Council member Phil Klotz said Spartan Motors will move part of its motor home chassis department from Charlotte, Mich. to Wakarusa.

The tax abatement amounts to 100 percent the first year and goes down to 5 percent in the 10th year. Although the official abatement documents state the company will be adding 60 jobs, a sign by the road outside the plant says the company is hiring 100 people.

Thomas Sisk, certified public accountant and director of finance for Utilimaster, was present at the meeting.

“I want to thank the council for their consideration,” he said. “We enjoy doing business here and we’re happy to be able to continue.”