Growing by Leaps & Bounds

$72 million in new investment from January through May 2015.  Booming capitalism with strong leadership directing the future path.  Embracing the new vision, new board members join in the growth strategies of diversification, innovation and economic change.  We welcome Grace Bonewitz, Gregg Fore, Rich Hill, Jim Malone, Tom McCuddy and Amy Sink.


Third Time is a Charm

Elkhart County announces a third Shovel Ready Site!

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is joined by Henry DeJulia, Syracuse Town Manager to designate the Syracuse Technology Park an Indiana Shovel Ready site.  The Town of Syracuse, Elkhart Chamber and the EDC of Elkhart County worked in partnership to create a new Technology Park.

Syracuse Technology Park,, marks the spot of your next project.  62 acres at the corner of US 6 and SR 13 ready for development.  Technology requires speed and the Town of Syracuse speeds up the timeline for building your next facility.  Contact Henry at or 574-457-3348.



Elected officials countywide are discussing Best Practices with experts in economic development from across the country.  The EDC, in partnership with sponsors, is embracing change and diversification.  Each community has selected their representatives to respond to infrastructure and incentive packages for new company growth and expansion.  Takeaways…Speed, Remove Risk, Help Companies Save Money.

Thank you: Ancon Construction, 1st Source Bank, Indiana Michigan Power and NIPSCO.


Mishawaka Sheet Metal: Investing in Elkhart County

Mishawaka Sheet Metal, a distributor and fabricator of aluminum, steel and sheet metal products, is investing $1.5 million to equip its approximately 75,000 square-foot Elkhart facility. Experiencing increased demand from area RV, cargo trailer, horse trailer and shuttle bus manufacturers, the company is currently installing an additional laser cutting machine and a cut-to-length line to increase production.

“Given our commitment to the local industries and strategic location, we felt it was important to continue to work close with our business partners by keeping our operations located in northern Indiana,” said Jeff Troyer, president and chief executive officer of Mishawaka Sheet Metal.

Founded in 1991, Mishawaka Sheet Metal currently employs 60 people. The company plans to create up to 20 new jobs by 2018 and has already begun hiring production technicians and metal fabrication equipment operators.

“This is excellent news for Mishawaka Sheet Metal – another successful Elkhart County company is seizing business opportunities, investing in equipment and providing new jobs for the citizens of the community!” said Randy Yohn, Elkhart County Councilman.

Interested applicants may apply at the Elkhart WorkOne office or online at


Elkhart/Goshen Metro No. 3 in National Corporate Facility Construction Rankings


March 26, 2015

Contact:  Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President & CEO | 574-293-5627 |


Elkhart/Goshen Metro No. 3 in National Corporate Facility Construction Rankings

The Elkhart/Goshen metro area placed No. 3 in Site Selection magazine’s annual national Governors Cup rankings. The recognition is for new and expanded corporate facilities in places with a population less than 200,000.

The competition, started in 1988, reports high-impact projects tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database. No other Indiana counties made the list.

“This is another huge win for Elkhart County and demonstrates that our development is still accelerating,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

Site Selection counts corporate facilities, not including retail, government, school, or hospital projects, that involve at least a $1 million investment, create 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 square feet of space.

Elkhart County had 12 such facilities in 2014. Odessa, Tex., and Sioux City led the list. Battle Creek, Mich., tied for eighth place with eight projects.

“Rankings are not based on favoritism, but based on hard data projects, new plants and expansions in the past 12 months,” said Mike Glennon, Conway’s regional director. “This is a huge win for Elkhart County, as no other counties in Indiana qualified for these rankings.”


Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County Launches New Website

Press Release: Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County Launches New Website           


CONTACT:  Denise Hoke, Office Manager, or 574.293.5627

January 19, 2015

As 2015 begins, the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is pleased to augment its new development and marketing goals with an updated online presence. A redeveloped website at is an excellent new tool for site seekers and business growth in Elkhart County.

“In an effort to attract diversified businesses and industries to Elkhart County, the Economic Development Corporation is pursuing a new direction with our marketing plan,” says Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President and CEO of the EDC of Elkhart County.

Part of this new plan is a completely redesigned website that features market data and statistics, recent news, property searches as well as key links and details regarding the impressive cultural offerings throughout Elkhart County and the surrounding area. The website focuses on Elkhart County as a premier destination for investors, growing businesses and trailing families seeking educational, cultural and recreational outlets.

For more information about the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, email us at or call our development team at (574) 293-5627.



EDC’s New Focus Brings Significant Results


November 12, 2014

CONTACT: Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President & CEO | 574.293.5672 |


EDC’s New Focus Brings Significant Results

Elkhart County  — “Over $108 million in new investment from existing and prospective companies has been announced in 2014,” states Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

More importantly, the new focus in raising the standard of living and overall quality of life is being addressed by the not-for-profit corporation in realigning its talent and financial resources.  In 2013, the EDC secured $72 million with a weighted average salary of $15.47 an hour.  However, in 2014, the EDC is announcing over $108 million with a weighted average salary of $23.70 an hour.

“This is a significant difference in how the EDC of Elkhart County is doing business,” according to Heiden-Guss.  “Thanks to our board of directors and strategic direction, Elkhart County and region will benefit from this new focus.”

Continuing, she shares that the EDC is supporting existing companies with programs for expansions, connecting with resources and understanding the challenge in securing enough workers.  “This is why the EDC is building a program for diversification.  By broadening the types of businesses in our local market, different talents and skill bases are needed.  It also may bring the needed balance to offset the ebb and flows of our marketplace.”

The EDC team is enthusiastic about the continuing successful outcomes through the end of 2014, Heiden-Guss adds.  “We bring value by helping businesses be profitable when they create quality jobs in the ever-changing global market.”

Founded in 2000 as a not-for-profit corporation, the EDC of Elkhart County’s mission is to create an economically vibrant community by recruiting, retaining and strengthening our county’s economic base and by being a catalyst for diversification, innovation and economic change.

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