Blue Jay Supplies Invests $3.5M to Expand Truss Plant
Originally published by: Building Indiana — February 21, 2021
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Blue Jay Supplies, a wood wall panel and truss manufacturer, announced plans to expand its operations in Sandborn, creating up to 28 new jobs by the end of 2023.
“Indiana’s manufacturing industry is critical to our state’s economy and success, and growing manufacturers like Blue Jay Supplies play an important role in creating not only quality products, but career opportunities for Hoosiers,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We are excited for what this expansion means for Sandborn, Knox County and the state as a whole, and we look forward to witnessing the company’s continued success.”
The company plans to invest more than $3.5 million to upgrade and expand its 38,000-square-foot facility at 15646 N. State Road 67 in Sandborn, converting approximately 18,000 square feet of space to the production of trusses and wall panels, and adding approximately 60,000 square feet of new concrete surrounding the building to allow for proper handling and movement of products during the manufacturing processes.
“This expanded facility allows us to keep pace with market demand,” said Larry Wagler, owner of Blue Jay Supplies. “To be successful, we must continue to invest, so we’re happy to take this important step in Sandborn and Knox County.”
The company, which currently employs 104 associates in Indiana, plans to hire additional production team members over the next few years.
Blue Jay Supplies, founded by Larry Wagler, who also founded and owns Wagler Custom Homes, manufactures wood wall panels and trusses for a variety of construction projects like multi-family residences and student housing for higher-education institutions. Family-owned Wagler Custom Homes is a framing contractor for commercial and industrial work, with recent projects like IUPUI collegiate student housing in Indianapolis, evolve apartments in Bloomington and The Post House mixed-use building in Evansville.
“We are very pleased Blue Jay Supplies and Wagler Custom Homes have chosen Knox County as the location for its business expansion,” said Bob Lechner, president of the Knox County Council. “The project is a welcome addition to the county, especially the North Knox community, and this significant investment will further strengthen our position in the commercial building trades.”
Indiana’s hardwood industry has an annual economic impact of more than $10 billion and supports 70,000 jobs, according to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). ISDA’s Hardwood Strategy aims to grow these numbers by promoting the expansion of current wood processing facilities, attracting new companies to the state, educating consumers and businesses on the sustainability of the hardwoods industry, and seeking opportunities to increase the value of Indiana’s hardwood products, which supports job creation and an improvement in the local economy.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered L3RK LLC dba Blue Jay Supplies up to $165,000 in conditional tax credits from the Hoosier Business Investment (HBI) tax credit program based on the company’s planned capital investment in Indiana. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once investments are made. The Knox County Council is considering additional incentives at the request of Knox County Development Corporation (KCDC).