WorkOne Northern Indiana and Beacon Health & Fitness Center present
October 2, 2021
Free to Job Seekers
Elkhart Aquatics Center
200 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart, IN 46514
30 Employers Attending!
WorkOne Northern Indiana and Beacon Health & Fitness Center present
Free to Job Seekers
Elkhart Aquatics Center
200 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart, IN 46514
30 Employers Attending!
Ed Semmler | South Bend Tribune
The record-setting growth of the RV industry is leading to an unprecedented construction boom as manufacturers and suppliers work to keep up with demand.
According to the RV Industry Association, RV shipments to dealers in May reached 49,241 units, the best May on record and the seventh consecutive month that the industry has set a production record.
And even with those high production numbers, dealers are still having a hard time keeping inventory on their lots, as towable and motorized campers are often sold even before they reach sales lots.
That demand for RVs has resulted in a flurry of construction activity throughout the Elkhart County area as manufacturers and suppliers aim to boost capacity with more space — but space that is designed to maximize production efficiency and might include elements of automation.
“We’re involved in more than $300 million in projects right now,” said Chris Stager, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. “The work is largely in the RV industry, but there’s some boating in there and portions of the supply chain.”
Stager said the work that is planned or underway is more than double last year’s total and a likely a new high mark for the economic development agency.
Some recently announced or completed projects include: a 500,000-square-foot production, warehouse and distribution facility in Bristol that is being built for MJB Wood Group, a manufacturer and distributor of cabinets, fixtures, furniture, automotive components and other goods and an 800,000-square-foot warehouse, showroom and office complex in Elkhart for Way Interglobal, a supplier of RV appliances, electronics and furnishing for the RV industry.Your stories live here.Fuel your hometown passion and plug into the stories that define it.Create Account
Beyond those projects, Alliance RV is developing three expansions amounting to about 500,000 square feet, Dave Carter & Associates is working on a 68,000-square-foot expansion and General RV Center has opened a 112,000-square-foot inspection center built in Bristol.
Both Bristol Town Manager Mike Yoder and Stager said there are numerous other projects — including new RV companies — that are also moving forward and will likely come to fruition.
Even as new space is being developed — pushing up land costs along the way — one of the biggest issues facing the industry is the need for workers to help build RVs, boats and the parts and accessories needed by those industries.
“We’re importing more than 35,000 workers a day, and many are coming from 45 minutes away,” Stager said. “Unless you want to work in the service industry, we’re the economic hub for the region when it comes to producing jobs.”
Many RV companies have boosted starting pay to $20 and above and are offering comprehensive benefit packages and amenities to win and retain employees, said Stager. Businesses that can’t pay those wages and benefits are generally those struggling to find employees, he added.
Though the coronavirus pandemic further spurred interest in RVing, boating and other outdoor activities, it also resulted in a lot of retirements of Baby Boomers who were working in the industry, further exacerbating the thin supply of labor here and across the country, Stager said.
But even as companies seek to improve efficiencies and incorporate technology into the manufacturing process, the labor shortages likely won’t be disappearing overnight, he added.
Tuesday, July 14th 2020, 9:54 AM EDT | By Alerding CPA Group
Organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payroll and is worth 50% of qualifying wages up to $10,000 that are paid by an eligible employer. If your organization did not receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and meets other requirements, the Employee Retention Credit could help you sustain your operations.
Does my business qualify for the Employee Retention Credit?
This credit is available to all qualified employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations, who meet the following requirements:
What is a qualifying employer?
There are two categories of qualified employers:
How is the credit calculated?
The amount of the credit is 50% of qualifying wages paid up to $10,000 in total. Wages taken into account are not limited to cash payments, but also include a portion of the cost of employer-provided health care. Qualified health plan expenses generally include both the portion of the cost paid by the employer and the portion of the cost paid by the employee with pretax salary reduction contributions. Amounts paid by the employee with after-tax contributions are not included.
What is a qualifying wage?
Qualifying wages are wages that are based on the average number of an organization’s employees in 2019. There are two different measures for an organization, depending on size:
How do I receive the credit?
While many tax credits are available when filing a tax return, the employee retention credit works differently in that employers can be reimbursed immediately by reducing their required payroll tax deposits. Payroll taxes, which include federal income tax withheld as well as taxable social security wages and tips, taxable Medicare wages and tips, and additional Medicare tax withholding, are taxes that have been withheld from employees’ wages. Generally, these payroll tax deposits are filed quarterly on Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return.
When can I start reporting qualified wages?
Eligible employers should report their total qualified wages and the related health insurance costs for each quarter on Form 941 beginning with the second quarter (March 12, 2020). Wages paid through December 31, 2020, are also eligible for the credit.
What if my payroll tax deposits are less than the credit?
If the employer’s employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may receive an advance payment from the IRS by submitting Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19
By: Gary Gerard | Published on: Jun 17, 2021
Leading RV supplier and distributor WAY broke ground today (June 17) on what will become, at 800,000 square feet, one of the largest buildings ever constructed in Elkhart County, Ind., where the company will combine all of its operations under one roof.
“It’s kind of a landmark of 35 years,” said Wayne Kaylor, WAY CEO. “Very exciting for WAY as a company, and a stepping stone for the next great things that we’ll be bringing to market. It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work and we’re very excited for today.”
Completion of the building, at 22244 Innovation Drive, Elkhart, is expected by the third quarter of 2022. The location is just north of I-80 and just west of Elkhart County Road 17.
Founded in 2009 by Kaylor and the late Jim Conway as Way Interglobal LLC, recently rebranded “WAY” has grown into a soup-to-nuts supplier to RV-industry OEMs with product offerings including kitchen appliances, griddles and grills, coolers, fireplaces, furniture, ceiling fans, lighting, televisions, entertainment systems, solar panels, power stations, levels and jacks, tire carriers, sinks, showers, air conditioners, ducts and more.
During the ground breaking, Kaylor expressed gratitude to all those who attended the event to commemorate “this brick-and-mortar milestone.”
“We’ve been busy planning for the future and today begins the realization of that process,” he said. “I would like to thank the WAY team first and foremost for all the hard work they put in day in and day out in the office, warehouse and on the road to our customers. I would like to thank our customers for the commitment they show to WAY and our business partners that made this event possible.”
He also thanked the dignitaries and government officials in attendance for their support of the project, along with Nuway construction for its role in making the project a reality.
“I think back to when we began WAY in 2009 and how far we have come. We started with the mindset we could serve a growing RV industry, helping manufacturers provide high-quality products, and we built on this ever since,” Kaylor said. “My team and I strongly believe in the RV family lifestyle and the great benefits it provides. Through our persistence and dedication, we find ourselves on the brink of something very special.”
He said the event confirms the notion that WAY is here to stay, and that it has been growing rapidly by expanding product lines and adding great people to its team.
The next step, he said, is building the kind of space that will allow WAY to continue expanding its industry footprint.
“Our new headquarters is a commitment to our customers, but also to the region where many of us live and work,” he said. “We’re proud to call Elkhart County home and will long do this into the future.”
In addition to two locations in China, WAY currently operates two facilities in Elkhart and two in Niles, Mich., for a current total of 400,000 square feet. The new facility will double WAY’s existing capacity.
The expansion was driven by growth, and Kaylor said today WAY plans to expand its workforce by more than 30% in the next few years. That growth not only benefits WAY, he said, but also the Elkhart County region by providing more opportunities.
“While today is the beginning of this exciting journey, we laid the foundation for this day long before the shovels ever broke the ground,” he said.
“I am absolutely excited about this project,” said Levon Johnson, president of the greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. “The city is excited about it. The opportunities that arise here and the investment by WAY into this area is absolutely appreciated. We will do anything that we can do at the Chamber to help continue the growth that WAY is committing to, especially as we think about the people who will be working in this state-of-the-art facility.”
Andy Nesbitt, president of Nuway Construction, characterized the project as “huge” for his company. “It’s one of the biggest buildings ever built in Elkhart County under one building permit. It’s 18.6 acres under one roof. It’s just a really big building and a good project,” he said.
Fred Ramser, Nuway Construction account executive, said he has been working with WAY for the past five or six years on various projects before getting to this point. “It’s exciting to see businesses grow. That’s what we like to do at Nuway, help our customers get to the next level,” he said. “And it’s a big project. It’s the biggest project Nuway has done, square-foot wise. It’s a fun challenge to build something this big,” he said.
Others of note in attendance included:
Steel wheel and rim manufacturer Dexstar Wheel, a division of global tire manufacturing leader Kenda, was recently offered up to $590,000 in tax credits through the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit program for its ongoing and planned future expansion project that will take place at the Dexstar facility in Elkhart, Ind., fueling growth and bringing new jobs to the region.
“Dexstar is thrilled to be expanding our commitment to the Elkhart community and our employees,” Bill Blumka, Dexstar Wheel general manager, stated in a release. “This investment serves to allow Dexstar to build upon our position as a premier provider of high-quality wheels to the RV industry in Northern Indiana as well as the many other segments we serve. We are very appreciative of the support from the IEDC (Indiana Economic Development Corp.) to our investment and helping Dexstar further its commitment to the Elkhart community, our employees and the many customers we serve. Additionally, I would like to thank Dexstar Manager Matt Wilkinson for his outstanding leadership in bringing this initiative to fruition.”
To support its growth, Dexstar Wheel is committed to hiring up to 60 new full-time employees. The increased staffing is in addition to Dexstar’s current 80 employees. The existing and newly created production and support staff jobs are high-paying, with expected average hourly rates between $20-22. This expansion is anticipated to be fully in place by 2023.
“With the state’s business-friendly environment, skilled workforce and strong manufacturing sector, Indiana offers companies like Dexstar Wheel the perfect location to expand their operations,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We’re excited Dexstar Wheel is choosing to fuel its growth in Elkhart, increasing its manufacturing footprint and creating quality career opportunities for Hoosiers in north-central Indiana.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Dexstar Wheel up to $590,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired.
For more information about Dexstar, visit www.dexstarwheel.com or call 574-295-3535.
About Dexstar Wheel
Dexstar Wheel, a division of global tire manufacturing leader Kenda, is its North American steel rim and wheel manufacturer serving some of the largest original equipment manufacturers and distributors in the trailer and RV industries in the world. ISO certified, Dexstar is distinguished by a long history of quality, unsurpassed service and high capacity automated state-of-art operations. At the core of its reputational and manufacturing excellence are strong engineering and technical capabilities – automation and robotics strengths along with the use of the highest quality materials to produce products superior in the industry. In Elkhart, IN, Dexstar is committed to doing the right thing the first time every time – a philosophy of continuous improvement delivered by quality people to exceed customers’ expectations. www.dexstarwheel.com
Founded in 1962, Kenda is a global leader in tire development and manufacturing. With over 12,000 employees and factories worldwide, Kenda continues to expand product offerings in the automotive, bicycle, powersports, trailer/specialty, and wheelchair markets. Kenda takes pride in operating under the core values of honesty, innovation, quality, and customer service to provide the highest level of products and services to customers across the globe. For more information, please visit www.kendatire.com
Governor Holcomb Adds Additional $25 Million to Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant Scholarship Program, Employer Training Grant Program Closed to New Applications
Indiana is allocating an additional $25 million from the CARES Act toward the state’s Next Level Jobs program, which is the second expansion of the Governor’s signature workforce development initiative, using federal pandemic relief funds.
More than 600 employers have used funding from the Next Level Jobs Employer Training Grant to train new or existing workers for jobs. This grant provides Indiana employers with reimbursement for approved training costs, up to $5,000 per employee and with a cap of $100,000 per employer. The Department of Workforce Development has obligated all of the funding currently available through the Employer Training Grant and will not be accepting any new applications.
For individuals wishing to take advantage of the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant program, including incumbent workers and new hires, please have them visit www.nextleveljobs.org
The EDC of Elkhart County offers training delivered by Purdue MEP, an approved training provider. Contact us today for your training needs: Cara@elkhartcountybiz.com
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WorkOne Elkhart is hosting our first “Drive-thru” Job Fair at Center Six One Five, on Tuesday, Sept. 29th, from noon to 4pm.
Elkhart, Ind.-based MITO Corporation, innovators in bringing mobile technology for comfort, convenience and safety to the RV, marine, automotive and bus industries, announced its collaboration with Elkhart Community Schools and the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) Summer Internship Program at the University of Notre Dame, to outfit at least 25 buses with WiFiRanger Teton C-19 broadcast units and Core interior routers to provide internet access for several hundred students in the Elkhart area, according to a press release from the company.
Jason Inman, director of Technology Services for Elkhart Community Schools, who oversees the deployment of technology used within the school district, began working with the CCI interns to identify a solution for distance e-learning challenges Elkhart faced in the last few months of the previous school year due to COVID-19.
Four interns, representing Elkhart High School and Goshen College, worked on the project through CCI, including Irving Suarez, a senior psychology and biology double major at Goshen College. Jose Chiquito Galvan, CCI internship program manager for Elkhart, managed the team.
“Anecdotally, we knew there was a need (for affordable WiFI), and even more so now with the pandemic. But we didn’t know exactly where it was concentrated.” Galvan said. “The goal of the surveys was to get an understanding of the overall need for WiFi access.”
“Once we saw the results of the surveys, the primary goal was to provide reliable internet to students in South Central Elkhart,” said Suarez, who was born in Elkhart and grew up in Goshen.
Coincidentally it was their survey that ultimately led MITO Corporation to reach out with a solution that fit their mission.
“While we had been marketing our WiFiRanger C-19 bus product line since the start of the pandemic, it wasn’t until we received the intern’s demographic survey of Elkhart County that MITO learned of this initiative.” said Dan Maloney, president of MITO Corporation. “I approached MITO owner, Mike Stock who is an Elkhart high school graduate and he was 100% on board for doing whatever we could as a company to help our local community and his alma mater.”
The outdoor WiFi hotspots Elkhart Community Schools will be deploying through the CARES Act, will have an omnidirectional range of about 2,000 feet. Verizon will provide the internet service for the hotspots under a program that offers discounts to school corporations. MITO is offering its own discount on the broadcast hardware, which, according to Inman, is already more affordable and reliable than competing products that are being used elsewhere in the area.
The outreach by MITO was facilitated by Andrew Tate, owner of Three Fires Creative and the marketing representative for MITO Corporation.
“We immediately knew this would be a golden opportunity for MITO to do some goodwill in our own backyard in these uncertain times. We knew we had a hyper-competitive product that could translate the Notre Dame CCI interns’ hard work and study into a real-world solution.” Tate said. “It gives myself, and I’m sure, all other parties that came together, great satisfaction to help our community, but also by showing North Central Indiana entities can come together to solve major problems will reinforce the innovative strength and economic development of the Norther Indiana area as a whole.”
By: RVBusiness|Published on: Sep 10, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| https://rvbusiness.com/mito-corporation-partners-with-elkhart-schools-notre-dame/
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/
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:
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