A small Elkhart company has landed an enormous government contract.
It’s come a long way over the past 20 years when it started with only two employees.
Transhield Inc. on Elkhart’s north side has grown by leaps and bounds since being founded in the 90s.
They make tarps and fitted coverings for use in aviation, boating, rail, automotive and the military.
Each tarp is custom engineered, not off the shelf.
“We started with two employees, originally Greg Todt and myself, and now we’ve grown to over 70 employees here within the community,” said Transhield President Jim Glick.
Their hard work paid off for military products.
Some have unit emblems or logos on them. They’re made for everything from ships and tanks to track vehicles and weapons systems.
The Department of Defense just awarded Transhield a nearly $8 million contract. They’ll make tarps and fitted covers for the Army and Navy.
It’s a contract they’ve been looking into for the past year and a half.
“We’d been working on it, we weren’t sure of the timing on it, and we weren’t sure, you know, exactly how it was all going to play out, but we had had been working on it, so we’re very excited to actually get the award,” said Glick.
He says the new DoD contract runs from now through 2023. Currently there are 70 workers employed, but he new contract could mean that more could be added.
“We look forward to fulfilling this contract and look for further contracts going forward,” said Glick. “We are always looking to increase our employee count here in Elkhart.”
He says the new military contract bodes well for Transhield employees, as well as the future of the company.