Elkhart company wins $8 million contract with US Department of Defense

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.

Source: https://wsbt.com/news/local/elkhart-company-wins-8-million-contract-with-us-department-of-defense

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Indiana Colleges & Universities Ranked Among Best

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University has been named the top regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.  This is the third straight year the Indianapolis school has been ranked number one in the category of the publication’s annual ranking of 389 universities and colleges.

“These rankings reflect the ongoing excellence of our academic programs and exceptional student experience,” said Butler President James Danko. “As we continue to pursue our goal of expanding student access and success through the Butler Beyond strategic direction, we are committed to extending this valuable, quality education to a broader set of learners for the good of our community.”

The publication’s annual report ranks institutions in a variety of categories, such as national universities, regional universities, regional colleges, and assorted subcategories. The state of Indiana is represented in many of those fields.

In terms of national universities, the University of Notre Dame finished the highest among institutions in the state, coming in at No. 19. Purdue University comes in at No. 53, Indiana University-Bloomington is No. 76.

In addition to Butler’s No. 1 ranking among Midwest universities, the University of Evansville comes in No. 4. The region covers 12 states that stretches from South Dakota to Kansas and from Nebraska to Ohio.

Among Midwestern colleges, the U.S. News survey places Taylor University in Upland at No. 2. The school said it is the 24th consecutive year for Taylor to be ranked in the top three positions.

Goshen College comes in at No. 7 in the list of best regional Midwest colleges.

Click here to view the list.

Monday, September 14th 2020, 10:46 AM EDTUpdated: Monday, September 14th 2020, 12:39 PM EDT
By Wes Mills, Content Manager

Source: https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/42625066/indiana-colleges-and-universities-ranked-among-best

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Liegl Signs ‘Pledge To America’s Workers’ at VIP Event

As reported yesterday by RVBusiness, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt was joined by U.S. Senator Todd Young and U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) as they highlighted the importance of outdoor recreation and the resurgence of the American economy during a Wednesday (Aug. 19) visit to East To West RV, according to a release from the Interior Dept.

Following a tour of the facility’s manufacturing operations, Forest River Inc. and East To West RV signed President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers, committing to invest in their workforce and expand job opportunities in Indiana.

Since 2018, more than 440 companies have signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, committing to support more then 16.3 million job and training-related opportunities for American workers. More Americans are getting back to work as the economy continues to rebound and reopen. Over the past three months, 9.3 million jobs have been added.

“The Trump Administration is working to enhance the visitor experience on our public lands – places like the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge – so more Hoosiers can enjoy recreating in the great outdoors,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “Many recreational visitors utilize RVs to experience national parks, refuges and campgrounds throughout the country. I applaud these business leaders’ commitment to support the Pledge to the America’s Workers and for providing great job opportunities in Elkhart, the RV capital of the world.”

“The Great American Outdoors Act will support tens of thousands of jobs in the state of Indiana,” Senator Young said. “Aside from National Parks themselves, no other industry will benefit as much from the GAOA as the RV industry. When parks are well-kept, when facilities are maintained and improved, and when conservation is prioritized, people naturally will want to visit these national treasures, many of which are right here in Indiana.”

“Manufacturers in Elkhart – the RV Capital of the World – know the importance of investing in the current and future American workforce,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02). “Their commitment to building opportunities and creating jobs for hardworking Hoosiers will be key to our economic recovery. As we continue to rebuild our nation’s economy, the Great American Outdoors Act will improve access to our public lands and give Indiana’s outdoor recreation industry an added boost. I’m grateful for the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt in protecting our national parks, defending the American worker and supporting Hoosier manufacturing.”

“Our country’s iconic national parks are one of the most favored destinations for RVers. We are grateful to the leadership of Secretary Bernhardt in ensuring these public lands receive the funding they deserve,” said RV Industry Association Vice President of Government Affairs Jay Landers. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Secretary and his team as they implement the Great American Outdoors Act to identify projects that will make the biggest impact to improve the access, safety, and enjoyment of RVers for generations to come.”

“East to West RV is excited to sign President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers as we are committed to hiring more great employees and helping them grow with our company,” said Lisa Rees Co-General Manager of East to West RV.

At East to West RV, Secretary Bernhardt discussed the Department of the Interior’s (Interior) role in facilitating outdoor recreation across the country, managing approximately 500 million acres of land, and how RVs help the public visit America’s national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

More than 80 percent of RVs sold in the US are manufactured in Indiana with demand increasing throughout the United States amid COVID-19. In Elkhart County, the RV Industry has an annual economic impact of $14.5 billion and supports nearly 35,000 jobs, 178 businesses and pays $2.5 billion in wages.

Following the tour and signing at East to West RV, Secretary Bernhardt traveled to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to meet with National Park Service employees and inspect facilities that have deferred maintenance needs. The Great American Outdoors Act, recently signed by President Trump, provides $1.9 billion a year for the next five years to address deferred maintenance needs at national parks, refuges, American Indian schools and other public lands throughout the country.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Aug 20, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|https://rvbusiness.com/forest-river-signs-pledge-to-americas-workers/

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Indiana Businesses Receive Manufacturing Grants

INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty Hoosier businesses have been awarded Manufacturing Readiness Grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Conexus Indiana. The nearly $2 million in funding comes from the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement program designed to spur investments in manufacturing.

“The response we received from Indiana businesses to the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program was incredible, as manufacturers across the state have been enduring the pandemic and are moving forward with positive momentum despite shared challenges,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We couldn’t be more grateful to these companies for contributing to Indiana’s bright economic future.” 

The grant recipients include:

  • A&T Concrete Supply Inc. – Gibson County; $2,000 to invest in a new, software-based production platform to increase workflow efficiency for its entire workforce.
     
  • Advanced Cabinet Systems – Grant County; $83,000 for equipment to modernize production.
     
  • Arroyo Industries LLC dba Direct Path Alliance – Marion County; $11,000 for 3D printing in order to streamline tooling and fixture development while reducing lead times.
     
  • Bed Techs Inc. – Dearborn County; $150,000 to develop an innovative antimicrobial copper coating that can be applied to surfaces for the health care industry and kills 99.9% of bacteria within two hours, while continuing to kill 99% of bacteria even after repeated contamination.
     
  • Beverly Industrial Service Inc. – Ripley County; $10,000 to update equipment to manufacture knives, spacers and tooling for the slitting industry, including aerospace, medical, textile and automotive.
     
  • C&R Advanced Cooling Technology – Marion County; $162,500 to expand into new markets including aerospace, defense and autonomous vehicles.
     
  • Custom Cut Decor LLC – Elkhart County; $37,500 to upgrade its production management software in order to streamline customer orders. 
     
  • D.A.S. Services Inc. – Steuben County; $36,242 for new software to transform their in-plant and mobile business. 
     
  • Indiana Face Mask – Jasper County; $161,769 for mask production machinery.
     
  • Indiana Furniture Industries Inc. – Dubois County; $90,879 for technology that will enable them to increase speed, reduce waste, enhance design capabilities and expand product offering within their seating operation.
     
  • Metro Plastics Technologies Inc. – Hamilton County; $125,000 for new, high-tech equipment to increase production speed.   
     
  • Mursix Corporation – Delaware County; $116,837 for manufacturing face shields and components for respiratory-assist devices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • OMR Automotive – Marion County; $250,000 to invest and hire as it scales up to handle additional contact awards to double capacity and employment in the next 12 months.
     
  • Overton and Sons Tool & Die Company – Morgan County; $32,500 to invest in measurement technology to significantly improve production efficiencies.
     
  • PBTT – Warrick County; $189,180 to invest in advanced machining with COBOT automation to increase their capacity while hiring additional employees to manage these advancements in high-tech processing.
     
  • Pike Lumber Company – Fulton County; $95,320 for machining technology in order to upgrade one of its Indiana sawmills located in Akron.
     
  • Sugar Creek Bottling Company – Marion County; $109,144 for new machinery to bottle large-sized containers of hand sanitizer.
     
  • Tube Forming Systems – Johnson County; $93,250 for additive manufacturing to shorten development cycle times.
     
  • Universal Blower Pac Inc. – Hamilton County; $25,000 for high-tech equipment to improve production capabilities.
     
  • Wolf Corporation – Allen County; $155,980 for new machinery after retooling operations to produce hospital gowns for frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The IEDC says the program has $4 million available in matching grants up to or equal to the amount of qualified investment in new equipment and machinery.

More applications are under review, even though Conexus says the allocated program funding would be exceeded if any more are accepted, the peer review panel will continue to make recommendations to the IEDC.

More information is available here


Thursday, August 20th 2020, 10:06 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, August 20th 2020, 1:19 PM EDT
By Reed Parker, Writer/Reporter

Source: https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/42522086/indiana-businesses-receive-manufacturing-grants

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Utilimaster to Host Second Drive-Thru Job Fair in Bristol, Ind.

Utilimaster, a go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group’s Fleet Vehicles & Services business unit (NASDAQ: SHYF), a North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets, is hosting its third drive-thru job fair of the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at 603 Earthway Blvd., in Bristol, Ind., in response to COVID-19 health concerns.

Utilimaster is seeking to fill additional positions on its Bristol campus to meet increasing product demand from customers. In an extended effort to follow social distancing protocols, and for the comfort of applicants, interviews will be offered in both car-side and open-air sit-down formats, where masks will be required.

“We continue to experience growing demand for last mile delivery fleet vehicles, as more and more consumers are shopping online simultaneously increase the delivery of both essential and non-essential goods, direct to their doorstep,” said Chad Heminover, president, Shyft Fleet Vehicles & Services. “As a result, we’re looking for even more new team members to join us in Bristol and help us build the vehicles and upfits our customers need.”

Offering highly competitive wages, positions for hire include full-time, day and night shift general assembly positions with day wages starting at $15.50 an hour and night shift positions starting at $17.25 an hour. Both shifts include full benefits that will commence on the first day of work, which include tuition reimbursement, 80 hours of holiday pay, as well as traditional medical and wellness benefits.

This is the third drive-thru hiring event to take place across The Shyft Group corporation in the last month in support of continuing demand for its vehicles. This past June, the company — formerly known as Spartan Motors, Inc. — rebranded to The Shyft Group, to be more reflective of its next phase of business transformation and focus on high-growth commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets, following the divestiture of its fire truck business. The name represents speed, efficiency, agility, and a high-intensity approach.

Visit Utilimaster.com/careers for more information.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Aug 4, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| https://rvbusiness.com/utilimaster-to-host-second-drive-thru-job-fair-in-bristol-ind/

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Walorski Introduces Legislation to Double R&D Tax Credit

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced legislation July 23 to double the R&D tax credit and allow more small business startups to access the credit, according to a release.

“America’s recovery from the unprecedented crisis we are facing will be driven by our innovative and entrepreneurial spirit,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Doubling the R&D tax credit will encourage companies – especially small businesses and startups – to invest more in research and development that will unleash economic growth and prosperity. This commonsense measure will go a long way toward keeping America ahead of our global competitors and ensuring we continue to lead the world in scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs, and cutting-edge manufacturing.”

The bill would double the rate for each of the options businesses have to access the research and development (R&D) tax credit.

  • Double the “Traditional” Credit to 40 Percent: For more established companies, the existing traditional credit rate – which uses a complicated formula – would double from 20 percent to 40 percent of the increase in R&D spending. 
  • Double the Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC) to 28 Percent: The existing ASC rate – which uses a simpler formula – would double from 14 percent to 28 percent of the increase in R&D spending. 
  • More than Double the Credit for Firms with Little Research History to 14 Percent: For companies with no history of U.S. research in the past three years, the credit would more than double from 6 percent to 14 percent of R&D spending. (The current rate would have been 7 percent if not for a prior drafting error.) 
  • Double the Startup Limit to $500,000: Companies with relatively low income in the past five years can take one of the above credits as a credit against Social Security payroll taxes. The limit on the amount they may claim would double from $250,000 to $500,000.

This proposal is supported by the National Association of Manufacturers.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Jul 25, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| Source: https://rvbusiness.com/walorski-introduces-legislation-to-double-rd-tax-credit/

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Alliance RV’s Coley Brady Joins ‘Beyond the Wheel’ Podcast

The “Beyond the Wheel” podcast, created in 2018 by Kenny Phillips and Sean Chickery, both full-time RVers who share a mutual curiosity for discovering more about the RV industry. In a recent podcast, Phillips and Chickery interviewed Coley Brady, co-founder of Alliance RV.

Listen Online: https://rvbusiness.com/alliance-rvs-coley-brady-joins-beyond-the-wheel-podcast/

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Manufacturing Readiness Grants Now Available from Conexus

Indiana’s manufacturing industry is critical to the state’s economy and success. To ensure the industry retains its national leadership position and embraces advanced technologies, Conexus Indiana is partnering with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to launch a new Manufacturing Readiness Grant program.

In partnership with the IEDC, Conexus Indiana is now accepting applications for up to $200,000 in matching grants for companies committing to increasing their competitiveness by integrating smart technologies and processes in order to improve capacity, capability, speed and quality. Funding may also be utilized for health care manufacturing technology, providing financial assistance to manufacturers supporting COVID-19 response efforts.

Apply Now

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RV Industry Power Breakfast Still a ‘Go’ for December 3

Everything’s set for the 2020 RV Industry Power Breakfast on the morning of Dec. 3 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., a popular annual event held in the heart of the RV-manufacturing center that was rescheduled from its original mid-May date due to pandemic considerations.

On tap for this year’s live-and-in-person breakfast – now planned for the same week that the industry’s traditional Lousiville Show was held for 54 years prior to its 2017 cancellation — are presentations by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) plus an “RV Executive Summit” featuring the chief executives of Thor Industries Inc., Forest River Inc. and Winnebago Industries Inc., the industry’s three highest volume manufacturers.

Also on the agenda – with Congress in session — is a remote interview with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, a southern Indiana Republican whose family-held firm, Meyer Distributing, is an aftermarket parts and accessories distributor in the automotive and RV industries. Plans also call for a short video visit from U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski, a 2nd District South Bend Congresswoman with close ties to the RV sector.

Tickets for the Power Breakfast, which now follows by a month the presidential elections, go on sale Oct. 26, with details to follow.

“Ordinarily, you’d never really have to post a reminder at a time like this that an event like the RV Industry Power Breakfast is indeed being held as planned,” said BJ Thompson, an Elkhart, Ind.-based marketing executive who coordinates the Power Breakfast in conjunction with an ad hoc oversight committee and RVBusiness magazine.

“However, these aren’t ordinary times, as everyone knows, and significant events are being cancelled right and left,” he added, “and we just want everyone to know that that’s not the case with the Power Breakfast, where things are very much in place.”

This year’s Power Breakfast is sponsored by Airxcel, Cummins Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc., Dometic Corp., Wells Fargo CDF, Forest River Inc., KOA, Spartan Motors Inc., RVIA and Thor Industries.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Jun 25, 2020
Categories: Today’s Industry News

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rv-industry-power-breakfast-still-a-go-for-december-3/

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