Automotive & Transportation Equipment

Among Marshall County's manufacturing sector which employs an estimated one-third of the workforce, there is a further concentration of employment in motor vehicle parts manufacturing and other transportation equipment manufacturing. 
 
This concentration can be attributed to our large established workforce with the training, knowledge, and experience for careers in automotive related industries. Marshall County also has the logistical advantage of being centrally located in the Midwest and adjacent to Elkhart County which is often referred to the "RV Capital of the World". This proximity provides access to a larger regional workforce. Due to these factors, Marshall County has a competitive advantage for existing and potential businesses in this sector.      
 
Marshall County businesses that manufacture automotive and transportation related components specialize in racing tires; rubber seals and trim; miscellaneous fiberglass and plastic components; windows, doors, and canvas products for recreational vehicles; custom painting for recreational vehicles; and radiators and cooling system components.  
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 9 businesses in the transportation equipment manufacturing sector in 2014.  Below is a listing of major employers in this sector, including the product manufactured and the estimated number of full time employees:
 
 
Major Employers in Automotive and Transportation Related Equipment with 50+ Employees
Product Estimated Full Time Employees
Nishikawa Standard Company, LLC
Automotive Rubber Seal & Trim
650
Hoosier Racing TireTires292
Charleston CorporationFiberglass & Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Automotive Industries230
Better Way Products
Fiberglass Components for RV & Marine Industries
175
Hehr International
Windows & Doors for RV Industry  
103
Precision Painting, Inc.
Custom Printing for RV Industry
100
Kauffman Engineering  
Wire Harnesses & Battery Cable100
Indiana Heat Transfer Corporation
Radiators & Cooling System Components
94
Bremen Composites Fiberglass & Plastics Components for RV, Marine & Automotive Industries
80
BPC Manufacturing Operations (Lasalle Bristol)
Plastic Components for RV, Marine and Residential Industries
64
   Source: MCEDC Database - Employment Numbers Updated October 2014
 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the automotive and transportation equipment sector and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 30% of all occupations within this sector.
 

Automotive & Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2014
Team assemblers
$30,900
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazing workers
$34,800
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
$33,420
First‐line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers
$53,080
Machinists
$38,160
             Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
             * The data is for the northeast Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
             Marshall County.

According to 2014 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 341 with an average annual wage of $31,891.  However, it should be noted that the employment level in automotive related businesses is higher since many businesses do not fall directly within this sector but still produce automotive and other transportation related components.