2020 Outstanding Service Award Recipient at Miller Poultry

GOSHEN, Indiana (February 4, 2021) –

Miller Poultry announced their Outstanding Service Award recipient is Goshen resident, Linda Kauffman. Linda has been an employee for Miller Poultry for over 15 years. Not only has Linda witnessed the growth of Miller Poultry over the years, but she has been a huge part of it, and has been involved in the process of hiring many of our best and brightest team members – back when Linda first started, Miller Poultry only had around 250 employees, and has since grown to almost 1,000 today.

While Linda’s title is Executive Assistant Office Manager, she wears many “hats” at Miller Poultry. Linda oversees Miller Poultry’s office in Goshen and ensures everything is always running smoothly. A crucial part of her role is managing the accounting functions involved with our live operations team, and she continues to be a huge asset to the overall success of Miller Poultry on-farm operations.

Linda was selected for this award because she is very detail oriented, and always goes above and beyond in everything that she does. Many that meet Linda would describe her as an absolute pleasure to work with, always eager to help every single person with any task that is needed with ease and grace. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Linda was selected for this award because she is very detail oriented, and always goes above and beyond in everything that she does. Many that meet Linda would describe her as an absolute pleasure to work with, always eager to help every single person with any task that is needed with ease and grace. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

About the award

The Len Neeb Outstanding Service Award was established in 2016 and comes with a great honor. Named after the late Len Neeb, this award recognizes employees that embody Len’s effortless work ethic, belief in quality, dedication, and caring spirit. Len’s leadership stemmed from his attention to detail, he knew everyone by name, and made them feel like they were not just an employee but were part of something bigger – a family working toward a common goal. He took pride in all his work, and was committed to serving the company, community and helping others every day. He truly left his mark at Miller Poultry.

About Miller Poultry

Miller Poultry is a local, family-owned and operated company. They work with over 100 local farmers across Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan to produce naturally grown poultry in an ethical and efficient manner for consumers who appreciate wholesome, great-tasting food.


Contacts:  
Rachel Weber
Marketing Manager – Miller Poultry
(260) 316-1615
rachelw@millerpoultry.com

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Dexstar Wheel Awarded $590,000 for Expansion Project

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

About Kenda
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

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Dec 1, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/dexstar-wheel-awarded-590000-for-expansion-project/

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Autonomous Mobile Robots- A Free Event

November 17, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
at Beacon Health and Fitness, 200 E. Jackson Blvd.

Description

To stay competitive, modern manufacturers have to streamline costs and keep their workers focused on the most important tasks. What if you could divert some of your factory’s more mundane duties, such as moving material inside a factory, to a cart that worked on its own?

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are helping Indiana manufacturers reduce costs and increase productivity. AMRs can transport raw materials, intermediary product, and finished goods across the factory floor and warehouse automatically.

In this two-hour event, you will learn what AMRs are, what they can do, and how they can be used to free up employees for more valuable work. We will discuss their safety features, capabilities, and limitations. We will also share how other companies have used them successfully to save time and become more efficient.

This event will feature a live demonstration where you will see how an AMR is able to move around obstacles automatically to deliver goods and materials.

Join us and learn how to begin your journey in robotics with the help of Purdue MEP and our network of robotics experts.

Intended audience:
Business Owners and Plant Managers wanting to improve operational reliability and better utilize employee time.

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Bill Fenech Receives Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award

Ernst & Young LLP has selected Bill Fenech, president and founder of Barletta Pontoon Boats, as its Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Midwest Award winner. A former Thor Industries executive, Fenech was a co-founder of Grand Design RV Co.

The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management, a news release from Ernst & Young states. Fenech was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala Oct. 7.

“This is an award that I wholly accept on behalf of the entire Barletta Pontoon Boats team,” Fenech said. “This team has worked tirelessly from day one to meet the needs of all of our customers, internal and external. We’ve built a company that we can all be very proud of — a company that has successfully navigated all that this past year has thrown at us. And we’re not done yet … we will not rest until we are the best pontoon boat manufacturer in the country.”

As a Midwest award winner, Fenech is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 National Awards.

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Oct 21, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| Source: https://rvbusiness.com/bill-fenech-receives-ernst-young-entrepreneur-award/

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RVBusiness Names Top 10 RVs of the Year, Other Honorees

“RVB’s Top 10 RVs of the Year” is a new feature generated this year by the staff and contributors of RVBusiness magazine, the Elkhart, Ind.-based trade journal that in recent years had dedicated the spine of its Nov/Dec issue’s coverage to one “RV of the Year” and four finalists along with a series of “Top Debuts.”

Because key trade/consumer events like September’s Hershey Show and Elkhart RV Open House weren’t held this year due to pandemic circumstances, however, our editorial crew was unable to review units as closely as we’d like in order to make a finite decision regarding one new model above all of the others.

So, our response, based in part on a pretty exhaustive canvas of new models on display at private dealer shows around Elkhart’s RV-building zone this fall, is to highlight – in no particular order – “RVB’s Top 10 RVs of the Year” along with 25 “Top Debuts” and another 33 “Must-See” models in an effort to recognize those manufacturers that are truly pushing the envelope with regard to the latest technological, engineering and design trends.

At the same time, for the second issue in a row, we’ll be digitally promoting this product-rich section to a vast consumer audience of more than four million people across 30 different RV-focused websites operated by the RV Life Network, a 15-year-old, Texas-based, digital media firm.

So, congratulations to the winners – but also to an industry that, once again, has not only proven its resilience but, from all appearances, soared to new heights.

TOP 10 RVs of the YEAR

  • Alliance Paradigm
  • Dutchmen Yukon 400RL
  • Fleetwood Discovery LXE 25th Anniversary Edition 36HQ
  • Forest River River Ranch by Palomino
  • Forest River Ibex 20BHS
  • Grand Design Solitude 346FLS
  • Jayco Jay Feather Micro
  • Keystone Arcadia
  • Newmar Canyon Star 3719
  • Winnebago Hike

TOP DEBUTS

  • Airstream Basecamp 2.0
  • Bowlus Endless Highways Performance Edition
  • Coachmen Sportscoach SRS
  • CrossRoads Cameo 3701RL
  • Dynamax Europa
  • East to West Tandara 320 RL
  • Entegra Ethos 20T
  • Forest River Cedar Creek 345IK
  • Forest River Impression 270RK
  • Grand Design Transcend Xplor 240ML
  • Gulf Stream Conquest 63111
  • Heartland North Trail DBS
  • Holiday Rambler Nautica 33TL
  • Jayco Seneca Prestige / Entegra Accolade XL
  • KZ Escape Hatch E17
  • Lance 1770 Ultra-Light Travel Trailer
  • Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Rear Lounge
  • nüCamp Barefoot
  • Prime Time Crusader 305
  • Roadtrek Zion Slumber
  • Thor Motor Coach Tellaro
  • Tiffin Zephyr
  • Winnebago Revel 44E
  • Woodland Park PMRV
  • Xtreme Outdoors Little Guy Micro Max

MUST-SEE RVs

  • Aliner Family Camper
  • American Tradition 37S
  • Coachmen Encore
  • Cruiser Radiance R-28BH
  • Droplet Teardrop
  • DRV Mobile Suites 41 FKMB
  • Forest River Sierra C-Class 3770
  • Forest River Sabre 37FLL
  • Forest River Wildcat 336 RLS
  • Jayco Eagle 24RE
  • Coachmen Catalina
  • CrossRoads Sunset Trail 268RL
  • CrossRoads Zinger 280RB
  • Dutchmen Voltage
  • Grand Design Momentum G-Class 30G
  • Gulf Stream Envision 25RLD
  • Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23TWS
  • Heartland Big Horn 3120RK
  • Heartland Cyclone 4006
  • Highland Ridge Open Range Roamer
  • Holiday Rambler Armada 44LE
  • Keystone Cougar 345UMR
  • KZ Durango Half Ton D27BHS
  • Lance 2445 Travel Trailer
  • Marathon Show Coach #1317
  • nüCamp Cirrus 820
  • Roadtrek Chase
  • Roadtrek Play
  • Shasta (sanitizing station)
  • Thor Motor Coach Sequence
  • Venture RV SportTrek Touring 343VIB
  • Winnebago Micro Minnie 2108 DS
  • Winnebago Solis 59PX

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Oct 13, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News| Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rvbusiness-announces-top-10-rvs-of-the-year-other-winners/

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Governor Holcomb Adds Additional $25 Million to Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant Scholarship Program

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

Visit our website at www.elkhartcountybiz.com

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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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Elevate Ventures Awards $20K to South Bend Tech Startup

SOUTH BEND – Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures has awarded $20,000 to a South Bend startup that develops high school curricula on emerging technology.

Digital Leader Academy was started in September 2019 through the IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame. The company says it is trying to make complex topics, such as application development, tangible for high school students.

“We’re excited to move forward and develop new courses that will modernize how our students learn in high schools across the country,” said Ellen Joyce, Digital Leader Academy chief executive officer.

DLA also won a $20,000 pre-seed investment from the Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competition in October 2019. The funding allowed the company to create a minimum viable product and begin creating test lessons to send to teachers.

The academy is beta testing a course at Riley High School in South Bend, the district’s computer science and engineering magnet. The course, Data Science in Manufacturing, combines math, computer science, and business entrepreneurship.

Digital Leader says the new funding will allow it to refine the course based on teacher and student feedback.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 10:25 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, September 24th 2020, 10:04 AM EDT
By Wes Mills, Content Manager
https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/42671232/elevate-ventures-awards-dollar20k-to-south-bend-tech-startup

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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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