Smoker Craft Expanding, Creating 100 New Jobs

One of Elkhart County's oldest family-owned manufacturers has announced plans to expand its operations, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2018. Smoker-Craft, which produces aluminum fishing boats, high-adrenaline fiberglass sport boats and next-generation performance pontoons, will invest more than four million dollars to renovate and equip its 500,000 square-foot production facility in New Paris. Expanding with 90,000 additional square feet operational by March, the company’s growth will allow it to increase production by 50 percent. Smoker Craft, which currently employs more than 440 full-time associates, plans to begin hiring for line positions in February.