Elkamet Expands Facility & Workforce

August 15, 2011

Elkamet announced plans for expanding their US manufacturing facility in Henderson County on Monday, August 15, 2011.  The company will double the size of their manufacturing facility, and add 10 new jobs to the 44 they currently employ.  The $2 million investment in real property will add another 37,500 square feet to their facility in East Flat Rock. The expansion is a reflection of the growth and diversity in Elkamet’s customer base and increased demands on production.

“Henderson County is fortunate to have Elkamet doing business here and their plans for expansion will have a positive impact on our community,” stated Mike Edney, Chair of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. Edney said, “These jobs pay strong wages, in excess of the County’s average, and offer health benefits – thanks to Elkamet for continuing to make a constructive impression on our local economy.”

The company located its first North American facility in East Flat Rock in 2006. The German-based company specializes in custom molded plastic containers for the automotive sector. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Ford, Daimler and BMW. A growing customer base and technology advances have led to expansion of the company. Plant Manager, Carsten Erkel has been working closely with Henderson County to make the project come to fruition. “The location, business climate and quality workforce of Henderson County made our decision to locate here in 2006 easy. The continued support we have received since our initial location has made our decision to grow here even easier.”

Kelly Leonard, Board Chair of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development remarked, “This expansion is yet another testament to the Partnership’s organizational priority to promote, protect and encourage existing industries.  Elkamet is a friend to Henderson County, and we couldn’t be more happy to see their growth and success in our community.”

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization that works to: retain and attract quality jobs; solicit new business compatible with the assets and values of Henderson County; promote Henderson County’s business image; assist expansion of existing companies; and enhance Henderson County’s overall quality of life.  For more information on the Partnership visit www.strategiclocation.com.  For more information about Elkamet, visit www.elkamet.com