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NEWS RELEASE – Bolt Custom Trucks & Manufacturing Locating in South Whitley

SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. (February 12, 2019) – TEK Coat and Spray, LLC (TEK) and Service Star Trucks (SST), affiliates of Bolt Custom Trucks and Manufacturing (Bolt) recently announced plans to locate in the former Dwyer Instruments building at 367 W 1st Street in South Whitley.

Bolt designs and manufactures premium custom sleepers for over-the-road (OTR) expedite trucks and tractor trailer cabs. The company offers a wide array of services from cutting-edge engineering and design, manufacturing, service and repairs, and custom painting.

TEK will provide coating and painting services to local customers, along with painting SST and Bolt manufactured products. Powder Coating and wet painting will be the company’s main areas of focus. Initially, the company will relocate current employees to the facility, but plans to eventually employ up to 35 individuals at the new South Whitley facility.

“We were pleased to find a place strategically located between our two facilities in Akron and Fort Wayne,” said Andy Martin, general manager of the new facility. “We look forward to working closely with the Town and the local school system as we prepare to grow our business in South Whitley.  It’s been exciting to interact with the team at the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC is very motivated to grow the economy in Whitley County.”

Service Star Truck (SST) is a premier manufacturer of standard and custom engineered field service truck equipment. SST specializes in designing and manufacturing a complete line of heavy-duty mechanic trucks, service trucks, hydraulic cranes, utility trucks, fuel/lube trucks, lube trucks, enclosed lube trucks, fuel/lube trailers, lube trailers, fuel/lube skids and lube skids.

Bolt started out as Bentz Transport Products, a manufacturer of after-market sleeper cabs and stainless accessories for medium and heavy-duty trucks, back in 1993. Under new ownership, the company later became “Bolt Custom Trucks and Manufacturing,” and expanded its offerings to custom engineered and manufactured truck sleepers and cab modifications.

Bolt is hiring! Interested applicants may drop off resumes at Bolt Custom Trucks at 3900 Transportation Drive in Ft. Wayne, IN 46818, or email resumes to amartin@boltcustom.com.

“First and foremost, I am happy to see activity returning to the Dwyer Building. Secondly, I am pleased at the skilled jobs that TEK and SST are planning to bring to the community and their desire to work closely with the Whitko School System,” said Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County EDC.

The South Whitley Town Council approved a ten-year tax abatement on real estate improvements and new equipment, at the request of Bolt and the Whitley County EDC.

“We are pleased to support Bolt, and we are grateful for their investment in South Whitley. There are numerous positives coming out of this project–the Dwyer Building will be put to good use, skilled jobs will be created, as well as new partnerships in the community,” said South Whitley Town Council President Randy Cokl.

Want to learn more about Bolt? Visit www.boltcustom.com and check them out on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



About Bolt Custom Trucks and Manufacturing  
Bolt Custom Trucks and Manufacturing was started by Bentz Transport Products in 1993. The company continued to evolve and add capabilities, and transitioned to new ownership in 2010 and became Bolt Custom Trucks and Manufacturing. Today, Bolt provides premium custom sleepers for over the road (OTR) expedite trucks and tractor trailer cabs. Bolt’s luxury sleepers are engineered and manufactured to OEM standards while meeting unique specifications in order to maximize productivity, efficiency, and comfort for independent owner operator(s) and fleet operators alike. To learn more about Bolt visit www.boltcustom.com.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.


Media Contact:

Katie Dewitt (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506 kdewitt@whitleyedc.com

Andy Martin (Bolt) – 260.260.748.0314 amartin@boltcustom.com