Inventive LLC, a Mountain Home-based manufacturer of towing truck products, cargo racks and windshields for off-road vehicles and fishing gear, will expand its operations, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2021.
The company will invest a projected $14 million in a new facility on Industrial Way, according to a company spokeswoman.
“We have just really maximized every square inch of this facility,” said Erica Rowe, the company’s marketing director, referring to challenge of keeping pace with orders from customers worldwide.
Chuck Ceccarelli, the company’s president and founder, said that the new 65,000-square foot facility will be used to make products for three main business lines: In The Ditch Towing Products, Razorback Offroad and Fish Fighter.
Ceccarelli, a former tow truck company owner, said the new plant will boast advanced manufacturing principles with a focus on automation and employee well-being.
The expansion will also include a new 20,000-square-foot corporate office center with an employee exercise center, 80-person training room, cafeteria, product showroom and a recording studio to produce the company’s weekly “Inside In The Ditch” podcast.
Ceccarelli, who founded the company in 1999, said the state of Idaho has awarded the company training grants based on Inventive’s job-creation plans.
Once new construction is finished, the total employee roster will hit 150 workers, making the firm one of the largest private employers in Mountain Home, said Rowe.
Many of the new employees are military spouses, she added.
“We are so excited to continue our expansion in Mountain Home and further our existing 20-plus year commitment to the community,” said Ceccarelli.
Bideganeta Construction, also based in Mountain Home, has been selected as the primary contractor. Architects on the project will be Slichter/Ugrin from Boise. Other members of the construction team include surveying by J.J. Howard Consulting Engineers; mechanical engineering by Musgrove Engineering; structural engineering by Nucor Buildings; and electrical work by Boise Valley Electric.
Construction is expected to be completed by September 2020.