An Edinburgh manufacturer plans to invest $1.3 million into a new 32,000-square-foot addition.
Kramer Furniture and Cabinet Makers Inc., at 12600 N. Presidential Way, plans to add seven employees — a 50 percent increase in its workforce — later this year as a result of the expansion project.
The company now has 14 employees earning an average annual salary of $30,000 to $35,000, owner and founder Tom Kramer said.s, it’s a good fit.”
A 10-year tax abatement for the investment was granted this week by the Bartholomew County Council, according to council member Jorge Morales.
New space created by the expansion will be used for the storage of raw materials, finished product, packaging and transportation, Kramer said.
“That will free up more manufacturing space within our current facility and provide us with a better workflow,” he said.
The privately owned company that manufactures household wood furniture has seen its business more than double in the past six years, Kramer said.
“A lot of firms and people order from us on a repeat basis,” Kramer said. “We’ve earned a reputation for quality, accuracy and on-time deliveries.”
Kramer began working in the import-export business in Great Britain in 1972 but returned to his south-central Indiana roots in 1976, opening an antique furniture business in Edinburgh.
In 1987, his company began to manufacture reproductions of antique furniture. Eventually the business evolved into commercial case and mill work as well as furniture, Kramer said.
The company moved into its current location on a 10-acre lot in 2007.
By the time the expansion is completed and equipped, Kramer estimates he will have invested $3.8 million into his business over a seven-year period.
While the company will be looking for skilled carpentry workers, Kramer said he expects to be training most of his employees in the future.
“We’re looking for good people with positive attitudes and the ability to learn,” Kramer said. “If you have those qualitie