Alliance RV Celebrates Milestone with 500th Fifth-Wheel

At a recent company gathering, Alliance RV, Elkhart, Ind., announced the production of its 500th Paradigm fifth-wheel.

During the gathering, Co-Founder Coley Brady noted, “We launched Alliance RV with a mission of providing a superior customer ownership experience and are thrilled with how the shift in business philosophy is resonating with both our dealer partners and product owners.  To experience the validation that we have seen over the last six months has been very humbling.”

Co-Founder Ryan Brady continued the sentiments with a thank you to Alliance RV’s 150-plus team members as well as the Alliance product owners (known as Allies) who have been instrumental in driving the design of the Alliance RV product.  Ryan went on to say, “A solid foundation has clearly been put in place to responsibly grow Alliance RV into the future.  We will remain resolute in our mission of exceeding customer expectations with a guiding principle of ‘doing the right thing’”.

Located on 112 acres in the heart of Elkhart, Ind., Alliance RV began production in fall 2019 with the first product line focused on the luxury fifth-wheel market. The company’s vision is to “create a product driven by our customers, through their experience and input, and execute on those ideas at the highest level.”

For more information on Alliance RV, please visit www.AllianceRV.com or join the Alliance RV Facebook page at “Alliance RV Group.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Jul 8, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| https://rvbusiness.com/alliance-rv-celebrates-milestone-with-500th-fifth-wheel/

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Water Monitor Named ‘Coolest Thing’ in Elkhart County

Wednesday, June 24th 2020, 12:07 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 24th 2020, 12:18 PM EDT
By Mary Willkom, Writer/Reporter

The SonSetLink Water Monitor was voted 'Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County' (photo courtesy of Made in Elkhart County)

The SonSetLink Water Monitor was voted ‘Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County’ (photo courtesy of Made in Elkhart County)

ELKHART COUNTY – The Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County” campaign has named its winner. The SonSetLink Water Monitor, developed and built by SonSet Solutions, earned the top honors.

The water monitor is a universal satellite monitoring system that reports data on the health of water systems in underdeveloped countries. SonSet says the system can track information such as the number of gallons flowing from a single system as well as the levels of chlorination in the water.

Inspired by the Vibrant Communities initiative in Elkhart County, the campaign culminated with a public vote. The bureau says SonSetLink Water Monitor received nearly 25% of all votes.

More than 4,000 votes were cast between June 1 and June 15 for 30 different products from ice cream to RVs. The campaign was first announced in January.

The winner was announced via the Made in Elkhart County Facebook page on Wednesday.

SonSet says it has deployed more than 750 water monitoring units to more than 25 countries across the world so far.

The top ten winners are listed below:

  1. SonSet Solutions: SonSetLink Water Monitors
  2. Janus Motorcycles: Halycon 250
  3. Bonneyville Mille: Grist Mill Flour
  4. Vanilla Bean Creamery: Amish Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  5. Electric Brew: Bald Brothers Coffee
  6. Lizard Loves Mustache Costumes: Fursuits
  7. Antonio’s: Vegas Fortuna
  8. Soup of Success: Mittens on a Mission
  9. Rocket Science: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  10. Agdia: ImmunoStrips

Source: https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/42284898/water-monitor-named-coolest-thing-in-elkhart-county

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Two Elkhart nonprofits come together to teach entrepreneurship, lead sanitizer fundraiser

How does hand sanitizer help teach about business?

A well-known Elkhart company and two nonprofits have worked out a deal to make that happen.

They’re teaching entrepreneurship while helping others stay safe. It involves Junior Achievement and Startup Moxie in Elkhart County .

Both teach kids about business and are selling hand sanitizer to benefit both programs and those dealing with the coronavirus.

“It was our thought when we first thought to join together that we would like to continue together to support our programs in entrepreneurship, and one way we could do that is selling hand sanitizer as a fundraiser,” said Jessica Hilary.

The money would go back to both non-profits.

It was made possible with help from Kem Krest, a chemical packaging company providing the hand sanitizer.

“We were able to work with Amish Shah and Kem Krest, who in their true entrepreneurial spirt has pivoted one of their business units as well to produce hand sanitizer,” said Lizzie Sheets. “We do need to raise funds and this is a great opportunity.”

The company had initially started producing hand sanitizer back in March as a response to shortages, especially for first responders and organizations on the front lines of the pandemic.

To help out, they increased production.

Both organizations will be selling a box of 12 bottles for $50 for the fundraiser. Now, if you have enough sanitizer, you can buy an extra box and donate it to Elkhart County schools.

“During this challenging time, we do need to raise funds and so this is great opportunity,” said Sheets.

The fundraiser runs through June 17. Starting June 18, orders can be picked up at Jimtown High School.

You can purchase from the Junior Achievement event page here, or from Moxie’s page here.

By Ed Ernstes, WSBT 22 Reporter | Thursday, June 11th 2020

Source: https://wsbt.com/news/local/two-elkhart-nonprofits-come-together-to-teach-entrepreneurship-lead-sanitizer-fundraiser

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Genesis Launches Luxury Solid Surface Countertops

By: RVBusiness|Published on: May 18, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

Genesis Products Inc., a leader in RV interior components, has introduced Solid Surface Countertops as the newest addition to its RV Interior product line, according to a release.

“Showcasing an expansive selection of color and textures, the addition of solid surface countertops enhances the flexibility and design options for each RV Interior,” said Trenton Miller, product manager at Genesis.  “We have expanded our manufacturing and technical expertise to provide the highest quality product to our customers.”

Genesis currently provides thermoformed and lightweight countertops to the RV Industry. With the addition of solid surface to the countertop product line, Genesis now offers a complete selection of high-quality, design-forward countertops, creating a unique interior for each RV.

In August 2019, Genesis increased capacity with a 108,400 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing plant as part of its existing campus in Goshen, IN.

“We are remodeling our design center to provide the ultimate one-stop design experience, resulting in seamless and luxurious custom interiors,” explained Miller. “The addition of solid surface allows us to meet all customer needs from design to function to cost.  Creating a unique experience for our customers is what we strive for daily. This takes us to the next level”

To learn more about the Solid Surface line visit www.genesisproductsinc.com or to see the product in the Goshen, Ind., showroom, contact Trenton Miller at TrentonM@genesisproductsinc.com.

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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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Ivy Tech’s Amber Ruszkowski Wins National Award

Amber Ruszkowski, department chair and associate professor for the School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain at Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart, has been selected as the 2020 Associate Degree Award Recipient by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), according to a release. One individual in each region is chosen by the ACBSP for this award among all associate degree schools in the country.

Ruszkowski began her career with Ivy Tech in 2010 and has held a variety of roles including project manager/corporate trainer, academic advisor, and faculty member. She has achieved many accomplishments over the past few years, including earning a coveted position in Ivy Tech’s statewide teaching excellence training program and was named one of Michiana’s 40 Under 40 recipients by the South Bend Regional Chamber in 2019. Ruszkowski is described by her peers as caring, patient, supportive and inspiring.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/ivy-techs-amber-ruszkowski-wins-national-award/

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Innovation

The Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana is helping for-profit and non-profit organizations develop Innovation as a core competency.  Named in honor of Indiana entrepreneur, innovation pioneer and visionary businessman Richard J. Pfeil, the Center opened March 2011.  To date, more than 1,000+ enthusiastic thinkers from over 100 future-minded organizations are inspired to innovate daily after attending one of the Center’s two-day Innovation Leadership Immersions.

Beacon Health System, Pfeil Innovation Center’s champion of innovation in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, believes in

  • innovation as a core value,
  • innovation as a driver of growth and prosperity, and
  • innovation as a teachable trait that can benefit any organization, anywhere.

Leaders, individual disruptors of mediocrity, and dedicated teams are invited to join the innovation in-crowd and register today for an upcoming Innovation Leadership Immersion session, click here for the details, wakeupandsmelltheinnovation.com.

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Elkhart County Ranked Top 100 Leading Locations in U.S.

“Leading Locations 2015” study clearly reflects the strength of Elkhart County (Elkhart-Goshen MSA) as a place to do business.

Elkhart County Rankings

  • Top 100 Leading Locations in the U.S. – #51
  • #1 for Economic Strength among mid-size areas
  • #8 Year-over-Year Growth, mid-size areas
  • #6 “Recession-busting” attributes

Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities/MSAs are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development.

The four key categories used in determining rankings for 2015 listed below are all critical factors for business leaders to assess when considering a location or expansion.

  • Prime Work Force
  • Economic Strength
  • Year-over-Year Growth
  • “Recession-Busting” Attributes

Every employer wants ready, well-qualified workers who are motivated, skilled, and require little training.

There are also big benefits in locating in communities with track records of economic growth. These cities/MSAs understand how business works and have the leadership, vision, and creativity to nurture sustainable economic development year after year — and not just in good economic times.

Perhaps what is most telling about a city or community is how it handled a bust cycle, or a recession — how did it get through? How did it still create business investment? How did it create jobs? How did it keep looking forward and creating positive results?

Click for link to full report at www.AreaDevelopment.com.

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Monogram Foods, North Central Indiana Company to Add New Jobs

Elkhart County, Ind. (June 26, 2015) – Two companies today announced plans to expand their operations and create 120 new jobs in Elkhart County.

“Indiana is a Midwest leader in job creation because companies like Monogram Foods and ACC Climate Control are confident in our state and in our workforce,” said Governor Mike Pence. “By building one of the nation’s top business climates, companies are moving forward with their plans to expand and create new jobs, making Indiana a state that works.”

Monogram Foods, a Memphis, Tennessee-based manufacturer and marketer of value-added meats including hot dogs, corn dogs, precooked bacon and smoked sausages, will invest $13 million to renovate and equip its 104,000-square-foot facility in Bristol, where it processes and packages corn dogs that are sold nationally.

“Monogram Foods’ decision to expand their production facilities here in Bristol will be an asset to our community. The Bristol Town Council strives to work with our business community to aid in their success. With the proximity to Interstate 80/90 and the railroad, Bristol and Elkhart County have the ability and locations to avail new and existing companies to prosper. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Monogram Foods,” said Cathy Burke, president of the Bristol Town Council.

Processing corn dogs primarily under store brands, the company plans to add a production line in Bristol, which will produce mini corn dogs. Along with additional equipment and facility efficiency enhancements, the company anticipates converting office space to production space. With construction already underway, Monogram Foods has already begun hiring, with plans to create up to 75 new jobs by 2018 to grow its current workforce of more than 200 Hoosiers. Interested applicants may apply at www.monogramfoods.com/careers.

“We are so proud of the Bristol workforce. All of the team members exhibit a consistently strong work ethic and dedication to food safety and quality products,” said Karl Schledwitz, chief executive officer of Monogram Foods.

About Monogram Foods

Since its formation a decade ago through the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee-based Monogram Foods has grown from six associates and two regional smoked meat brands to five BRC-A rated manufacturing plants in five states powered by over 1,400 dedicated team members shipping top quality food products to points of distribution all over North America. Today, Monogram Foods manufactures and distributes brands that include Wild Bill’s, O’Brien’s, Trail’s Best, Hannah’s, Bull’s and licensed brands Bass Pro Shop’s Uncle Buck’s, Johnsonville and Butterball. Monogram Foods also produces a wide variety of private-label brand meat snacks, smoked meats, corndogs and pre-cooked bacon for strategic partners throughout the nation.

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North Central Indiana: ACC Climate Control to Add New Jobs

Elkhart County, Ind. (June 26, 2015) – Two companies today announced plans to expand their operations and create 120 new jobs in Elkhart County.

“Indiana is a Midwest leader in job creation because companies like ACC Climate Control and Monogram Foods are confident in our state and in our workforce,” said Governor Mike Pence. “By building one of the nation’s top business climates, companies are moving forward with their plans to expand and create new jobs, making Indiana a state that works.”

ACC Climate Control, which designs, manufactures and installs custom mobile air conditioning and heating systems for specialty vehicles, will invest $9.95 million to construct and equip a new 135,000-square-foot facility at 22150 Challenger Drive in Elkhart.

“The investment and job creation ACC Climate Control is making in Elkhart County speaks volumes about our county’s competitive resources for companies in the automotive sector. It gives us a great sense of pride to know that the products made right here in Elkhart County will equip automotive and specialty vehicles throughout the United States. We look forward to the company’s continued success here in Elkhart County and around the county,” said David Foutz, Elkhart County councilman.

The new building, which will house a metal fabrication plant, production assembly, a test laboratory as well as offices, will increase the company’s space to meet demands for future growth in the small and transit/coach bus market. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“The new facility allows us to double production and warehouse space. Currently, Spheros North America imports transit bus air conditioning systems from various manufacturing plants around the world. Now they will be manufactured in the United States, reducing time to market and placing Spheros in a very competitive position in the bus industry,” said Casey Cummings, chief executive officer of ACC Climate Control.

Founded in 1948 and acquired by Spheros in January 2015, ACC Climate Control currently employs 110 Hoosiers and plans to create up to 45 new jobs by 2018. The company will hire production and engineering positions as needed. Interested applicants can learn more at www.accclimatecontrol.com.

About ACC Climate Control

ACC Climate Control, which produces bus air conditioning and specialty vehicle climate control products, was founded in 1948 and acquired by Spheros in January 2015. As a division of the international Spheros Group, we are a global trendsetter in the design and manufacturing of economical, eco-friendly and reliable heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for buses. Spheros’ worldwide headquarters is in Gilching near Munich, Germany, and guarantees customer proximity and service with 17 sites around the world, making Spheros the world market leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for all types of buses.

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