Elkhart County, Ind., Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8%

ELKHART — Unemployment in the Elkhart/Goshen area dropped in February compared with the previous month, labor statistics show, according to a report in the Elkhart Truth. The unemployment rate in the area dropped to 3.8 percent in February, down from 4.9 percent in January, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show. The agency […]

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Brunoforte, Happe, Martin Panel Highlights RVIA Confab

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A Leadership Panel – featuring Debbie Brunoforte of Little Dealer, Little Prices, a Campers Inn company, as well as Mike Happe of Winnebago Industries Inc. and Bob Martin of THOR Industries Inc. – highlighted the first full day of the RV Industry Association (RVIA) Leadership Conference, which concludes today today (March 17) […]

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Scholarship to Honor Life of Late U.S. Rep. Walorski

ELKHART, Ind. – The Elkhart County Community Foundation is seeking to spread the word about new scholarships being offered in the name of the late Congressman Jackie Walorski. The Jackie Walorski Memorial Scholarship and Jackie Walorski Memorial Ministry Scholarship honor the life and work of the late congresswoman from northern Indiana. During her time in […]

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Unemployment Rate in Elkhart County Spiked in January

ELKHART — The unemployment rate in the Elkhart-Goshen area jumped to 4.9 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday (Mardh 14), according to reporting in the Elkhart Truth. That’s higher than any of the other 12 metropolitan statistical areas in Indiana, and above state and national rates for the month, the […]

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NeXus RV Named Elkhart Chamber Business of the Year

While there seems to be little to tie northern Indiana to the traditionally warm-weather camping lifestyle during the colder months, the RV-building heart of Elkhart County tends to remain a hub of activity as RV dealers submit sales orders — taken during the winter show season — for spring and even summer delivery. For NeXus […]

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U.S. Rep. Rudy Yakym Tours RVTI, Meets Industry Leaders

ELKHART, Ind. – Indiana’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Rudy Yakym visited the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) today (March 2) to learn more about the school’s programs and its role in supporting and improving the RV industry in Elkhart County. “The RV industry is a main economic driver, not just in Elkhart County, but also throughout […]

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RV Industry Growth Spurs Road Projects in Middlebury, Ind.

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – The Town of Middlebury along with Elkhart County leadership are together undertaking a road construction project, according to a report in the Goshen News. On Monday, Elkhart County Commissioners approved two aspects of the project: the interlocal agreement for design work on the road, and another for construction work for utility improvements. […]

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Jayco, Goshen Health Unveil Fitness Center, Medical Clinic

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – RV manufacturer Jayco cut the ribbon on its new Family Care Clinic at 109 W. U.S. 20, Middlebury, on Monday (Jan. 9), making it the first RV OEM in Elkhart County to offer such a facility to its employees and their families. For roughly 15 years, Jayco – a THOR Industries Inc. […]

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Horizon Transport Begins 2023 as an Employee-Owned Firm

Marion Schrock, president and CEO of Horizon Transport, addresses employees regarding a new employee ownership plan. (Photos: Horizon Transport) Wakarusa, Ind.-based Horizon Transport has been generating plenty of positive news lately following the mid-December acquisitions of two Goshen, Ind.-based RV transportation firms, Dynamic Transportation Inc. and RV Transport Inc., both of which are being absorbed […]

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Genesis Products Announces Acquisition of BHK of America

GOSHEN, Ind. – Genesis Products, Inc. has acquired BHK of America, South Boston, Va., in a deal completed on Nov. 30, according to a release. The acquisition will integrate BHK’s 46 years of production innovation in drawer components with Genesis Products’ 20 years of expertise as a leading supplier of laminated panels, wood components and custom molded […]

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Happe: Winnebago Ind. is Exercising Production ‘Discipline’

Amid a “volatile environment,” Winnebago Industries is exercising “an ongoing sense of discipline and shipments,” according to President &CEO Michael Happe. “For example, we continue to manage towable RV production levels to align with ongoing consumer end market demand, while our Motorhome RV and marine businesses work to replenish dealer inventories carefully. Responsibly producing and […]

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Bashor Children’s Home Launches Major Recruitment Drive

Bashor Children’s Home, Goshen, Ind, announced a major recruitment drive as it expands both internal and community-based services in 2023, according to a release. The organization, which provides services for area children who are abused, neglected and in need of help, has an immediate need to hire 25 youth care workers as well as therapists, […]

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Grand Design RV Hosts Toys for Tots Event in Elkhart, Ind.

ELKHART — Cold, gray Saturday weather didn’t deter volunteers from heading out helping sort toys and books for the holidays for kids in Elkhart County for this year’s Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, according to reporting by the Goshen News. Grand Design RV hosted the event inside its Elkhart facility, which got underway around […]

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Royal RV Dealership in Middlebury, Ind., Eyes Expansion

One proposed usage of a development off of U.S. 20 in Middlebury, Ind., is an expansion of Royal RV, according to a report by The Goshen News. The RV lot would also include parking for smaller vehicles at the location. May Kratzer with Elkhart County Planning and Development attended the Elkhart County Commissioner’s Monday morning […]

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RVIA Staff Volunteers in Cleanup Project at Lake Fairfax Park

The RV Industry Emerging Leaders Coalition is designed to strengthen institutional industry collaboration and engagement by identifying, recruiting, and retaining emerging industry leaders and harnessing and elevating diverse emerging industry leader perspectives. As one way of fulfilling this purpose, the Coalition launched a park improvement initiative earlier this year as a way of encouraging more volunteer […]

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Elkhart County Foundation Awards Over $2.7M in Grants

ELKHART, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s Board of Directors approved $2,707,390 of new and multi-year grants to dozens of nonprofits and programs throughout Elkhart County, according to a press release from the organization The grants were given in the categories of placemaking, kids and families, and career pathways, reflecting the priorities of […]

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Winnebago’s Happe: Past Year Ushered in ‘New Landscape’

Soon after Winnebago Industries released its fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2022 financial performance results – highlighted by Q4 revenues of $1.2 billion, and a record $5 billion for the full year – company President & CEO Mike Happe acknowledged that the “past year has ushered in a new landscape.” In a conference call […]

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Elkhart Community Holds ‘Celebration of Life’ for Art Decio

Nearly two years after he passed away at the age of 90, legendary Elkhart businessman and philanthropist Arthur J. “Art” Decio’s family, friends and associates set aside a special moment yesterday morning (Oct. 19) to honor him in a pandemic-delayed “Celebration of Life” ceremony that culminated in the unveiling of a statue of Decio and […]

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Eighth-Graders Take Part in Elkhart County Manufacturing Day

GOSHEN, Ind, – Horizon Education Alliance is partnering with businesses and other organizations for a seventh year to provide eighth-graders in Elkhart County with educational Manufacturing Day tours, according to a report in the Elkhart Truth. Manufacturing Day is a national program that creates opportunities for students to gain experience and knowledge about careers in […]

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