Personal Protection Equipment Available at no charge through IEDC

May 6, 2020

Personal Protection Equipment Available

As we continue the process of reopening in a purposeful and sensible way, The state of Indiana is making personal protection equipment (PPE) available through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Today they have opened up the state’s PPE Marketplace. The items available include masks, sanitizer, and face shields. These items are currently free of charge to businesses registered to do business in the state of Indiana with the Indiana Secretary of State.

The following link will take you to the PPE Marketplace,
https://www.backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm
, which has the information on the items, qualifications, quantities, and the order form.

Sincerely,

Levon D. Johnson
President/CEOGreater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

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Managing Stress – WebEx

DATE: Monday, May 11, 2020

TIME: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

FORMAT: WebEx

COST: None

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Coping with this stress will help your organization become stronger. In this upcoming free workshop, you’ll learn how stress affects the body and assess your own stress level. You’ll also learn about tools for identifying sources of stress and learn proven techniques for managing stress. This is a condensed training session of our full managing stress training.

To participate in this online offering, please complete the registration form to the right. All participants will receive webex instructions the day of the event.

https://mep.purdue.edu/workshops-and-events/managing-stress-webex/

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INDIANA’S ROAD TO RECOVERY POLICY AGENDA

THE HOOSIER ECONOMY WILL THRIVE ONCE AGAIN.

Prior to the pandemic, Indiana was enjoying a 20-year economic success story that empowered the state to become a leader in the Midwest and a national competitor. To assist in re-establishing that status, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has formalized a robust public policy agenda of potential actions to help ensure short-term relief and long-term economic
growth for businesses.

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Indiana’s Road to Recovery: Governor releases plan

Governor Eric Holcomb outlined the next steps this afternoon in getting the state back to business. The five-phase plan, called Back on Track Indiana, details a comprehensive process for reopening the economy, continued social distancing guidelines and more. Advancement to the next phase is based on continuing evaluation of four key health principles.

“What Governor Holcomb outlined today is a thoughtful, comprehensive approach that manages to achieve that delicate balance of recognizing that businesses have to start resuming operations while doing so in the safest way possible for employees, as well as customers,” says Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber president and CEO.

“When business suffers, employees and their families feel it – and this period has been especially hard for almost everyone. We have to begin to return to some sense of normalcy, and the Governor’s gradual stages are the best way to achieve that.”

·         Full details on the Back on Track Indiana web site

·         Governor Holcomb’s remarks

More than 25,000 visits have been made to the Indiana Chamber’s resources page, which earlier today converted to the Road to Recovery focus. It includes this two-page Chamber outline and enhanced policy agenda. We encourage you to check back often for additional information.

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Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) Indiana

Funds for eligible interns and internships in Indiana

Visit the EARN Indiana website.

Indiana INTERNnet is pleased to be working with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to facilitate EARN Indiana, a revamp of the state work-study program.

Employers with an approved internship may receive state matching funds by hiring students, eligible to receive state financial aid, for a resume-building, experiential, paid internship. CHE is partnering with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers to maximize each student’s academic success and career achievement and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.

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South Bend Startup Wins New Venture Competition

Wednesday, April 29th 2020, 10:19 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 29th 2020, 10:34 AM EDT
By Mary Willkom, Writer/Reporter

(photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame IDEA Center)

(photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame IDEA Center)

SOUTH BEND – A South Bend-based technology startup has won the University of Notre Dame’s McCloskey New Venture Competition. Viewtique, which has developed a platform to support locally-owned fashion boutiques, took home the $50,000 grand prize from Startup South Bend – Elkhart and Elevate Ventures.

Viewtique is a website that lets users browse, shop, and earn rewards from area fashion boutiques. The startup says its mission is to make local boutique shopping as accessible as possible to shoppers. The website currently features 11 boutiques, and the startup says it plans to add more soon.

Viewtique says it will forgo any profits while stay-at-home orders are in place, making the website a great way to shop local fashion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Viewtique team is thrilled to have secured the Startup South Bend – Elkhart/Elevate Ventures Grand Prize,” said Viewtique co-founder, Mike Cali. “We’re putting that money right to work for our boutique partners and for this community by building an online experience that helps local shoppers consider shopping local boutiques first,” said Cali. “We’re so glad SUSBE and Elevate Ventures decided to award their prize to a company dedicated to helping local boutiques thrive.”

Event organizers say 13 teams were awarded more than $400,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during a livestream ceremony of the competition.

“In my mind, Viewtique is creating a double win for the region: a high potential technology startup that also meaningfully supports the continued viability of our local retailers. This value proposition is compelling in general but is particularly meaningful in our current COVID-19 environment as we all do our best to shop locally,” said Susan Ford, Startup South Bend – Elkhart board member and Graham Allen Partners director.

The competition began in 2001 with 70 teams and $30,000 in awards. Since then, more than 2,286 teams with 7,000 participants have been awarded over $1.65 million in prizes.

More information can be found by clicking here.

Source: https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/42069484/south-bend-startup-wins-new-venture-competition

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Thor, Forest River Stepping Up in COVID-19 Fight

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 29, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News

Thor Industries Inc. donated 10,000 KN95 masks for use by front-line first responders and in long-term care facilities in Elkhart County, Ind., according to reporting today (April 29) by WSBT-TV, South Bend.

And South Bend’s ABC-57 is reporting other companies – including Forest River Inc., which provided a travel trailer  – are helping Bashor Children’s Home serve at-risk kids throughout the region.

Jen Tobey, Elkhart County Emergency Management director, made the Thor announcement, saying, “That was phenomenal.” She added that while the donation will greatly help, more masks are needed as demand is on the rise. “I am pretty excited about that. We probably could use 20K, but we are gladly taking 10. It puts a very big dent in the (shortage of) supplies that we can offer to our front-line, first responders as well as our long term care facilities,” she said.

Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Bashor Children’s Home in Elkhart County has been a residential, educational and preventative service provider for at-risk children for the past 97 years. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state tasked them with creating an isolation zone where kids could live if they or their families contracted the illness, without spreading the illness to others on campus. They say they were able to make the necessary changes within days all because the community immediately answered to help.

“We reached out to the community which has been so generous and gracious to us “said Director of Development, Steve Riikonen “People were making masks, donating face shields, making gowns for the staff to wear. We also reached out to Forrest River who loaned us a travel trailer because the one thing our campus didn’t have was a shower for the kids.”

Since Bashor is considered an essential business – with 70 kids already living on campus plus many staff members – a safe, clean quarantine space was an immediate need. The facility couldn’t just shut down due to the pandemic. “We have 70 kids to look after. We can’t just say everyone is going home and working from home” said Riikonen “We still have to show up everyday.” He said the generosity of Elkhart County businesses “stands the test of time. They respond to the need of the community. They are so very generous and so willing to help out where ever they can.”

Click here for the WSBT story.

Click here for the ABC-57 report.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/thor-forest-river-stepping-up-in-covid-19-fight/

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REV Group to Ramp Up Production Next Two Weeks

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 27, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

Specialty vehicle manufacturer REV Group announced today (April 27) it plans to resume operations at its recreation vehicle facilities that manufacturers the American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler, Lance Camper, Midwest Automotive Designs and Renegade RV brands.

Normal production at the four plants, located in Indiana and California, was suspended March 23. Midwest Automotive Designs started production the week of April 20, and Renegade RV began Monday, April 27. Production of American Coach, Fleetwood RV and Holiday Rambler motorhomes is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4. Lance Camper, located in Lancaster, Calif., has a tentative restart date of Monday, May 18.

“The recreation supply chain is starting to open up again with several key suppliers returning to work this week,” stated Ian Walsh, chief operating officer, REV Group. “Our plan is to slowly ramp up production over the coming weeks, while also protecting the safety of our employees, at a cadence that is in line with material supply and customer demand across these recreation brands and facilities.”

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Dometic Donates Mask Straps to Healthcare Workers

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 23, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, many companies have been an aid in gathering materials and making masks for heath care professionals to use; Dometic is doing their part as well, the company announced today (April 23).

Two Dometic engineers have been using this time to create mask straps on 3D printers. The idea came from a student who sent a request for help creating these mask straps that help relieve pressure from behind the ears when wearing them all day.

Clayton Meyers, an engineer at Dometic’s Elkhart, Ind., Verdant office has been able to produce about 300 mask straps so far. A portion of the masks have gone to a local school system as they have been providing free lunches to students. The rest of the masks are intended for local hospitals and nursing homes.

Bill Rimel, an engineer located at one of Dometic’s manufacturing sites in Big Prairie, Ohio, has also been making mask straps, which have also gone to area hospitals and nursing homes.

”We want to do as much as we can to support our healthcare and essential workers during this unprecedented period,” says Scott Nelson, president of Dometic Americas. ”Our Engineers have been dedicating their time and talent for producing these mask straps. They have been able to utilize the resources that Dometic has available and provide relief from the current shortage of masks.”

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/dometic-donates-mask-straps-to-healthcare-workers/

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Seeking Class of ’21 Nominations

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 21, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

With much of the country locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic, RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer is urging members of the RV and manufactured housing (MH) industries to consider using this time to nominate someone for induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

“Most members of the two industries know someone who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and this downtime would be an excellent opportunity to nominate that person. When the industries get back to work, you may be too busy to think about it so I’m hoping those considering nominating someone that they should start working on their nomination,” Searer said. “Even though the deadline for nomination is still months away (Oct. 31), it’s really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms, so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2021.”

The nomination guidelines and forms available online at www.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm.

According to the guidelines, anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. To be eligible, the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the RV, MH or campground industries for a minimum of 25 years. Canadians can also be nominated. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall’s Selection Committee.

Also, the nomination form must be filled out in its entirety and must be accompanied by three supporting letters (no more, no less) that meet the Hall’s guidelines for these letters. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. When evaluating a potential nominee, the selection committee will consider the nominee’s overall contributions to the good of the industry, to include both his or her positions, accomplishments, and innovations on the job as well as volunteer work both inside and outside the industry, with special emphasis on volunteer work done on behalf of state and national associations and owner groups, the Hall of Fame itself and other industry-related organizations and causes.

If a completed nomination form and three properly-prepared seconding letters are received by Oct. 31 of any year, the nominee will be in the pool of candidates considered for the following year’s class and for four years beyond that if not selected that year. If the nominee is not selected within five years, he or she remains eligible only if the nomination is resubmitted and refreshed with additional information.

The Hall’s Selection Committee will announce its selections in January 2022 and those chosen will be inducted at the Hall’s annual Induction dinner in August. The Hall’s bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.

“The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors – manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc. – for the class of 2021 and beyond,” Searer said,.

The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past.

“The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and manufactured housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries,” Searer said.

Once the nomination form and supporting letters have been completed, the nominations may be submitted by mail, in person at the Hall, or by fax at 574-293-3466.

Nominating Committee
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514
800-378-8694
574-293-2344
574-293-3466 (Fax)
e-mail: rvmhhall@aol.com
www.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rv-mh-hall-of-fame-seeking-class-of-21-nominations/

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