Elkhart/Goshen Metro No. 3 in National Corporate Facility Construction Rankings


March 26, 2015

Contact:  Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President & CEO | 574-293-5627 | edc@elkhartcountybiz.com


Elkhart/Goshen Metro No. 3 in National Corporate Facility Construction Rankings

The Elkhart/Goshen metro area placed No. 3 in Site Selection magazine’s annual national Governors Cup rankings. The recognition is for new and expanded corporate facilities in places with a population less than 200,000.

The competition, started in 1988, reports high-impact projects tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database. No other Indiana counties made the list.

“This is another huge win for Elkhart County and demonstrates that our development is still accelerating,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

Site Selection counts corporate facilities, not including retail, government, school, or hospital projects, that involve at least a $1 million investment, create 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 square feet of space.

Elkhart County had 12 such facilities in 2014. Odessa, Tex., and Sioux City led the list. Battle Creek, Mich., tied for eighth place with eight projects.

“Rankings are not based on favoritism, but based on hard data projects, new plants and expansions in the past 12 months,” said Mike Glennon, Conway’s regional director. “This is a huge win for Elkhart County, as no other counties in Indiana qualified for these rankings.”


Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County Launches New Website

Press Release: Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County Launches New Website           


CONTACT:  Denise Hoke, Office Manager, denise@elkhartcountybiz.com or 574.293.5627

January 19, 2015

As 2015 begins, the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is pleased to augment its new development and marketing goals with an updated online presence. A redeveloped website at www.ElkhartCountyBiz.com is an excellent new tool for site seekers and business growth in Elkhart County.

“In an effort to attract diversified businesses and industries to Elkhart County, the Economic Development Corporation is pursuing a new direction with our marketing plan,” says Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President and CEO of the EDC of Elkhart County.

Part of this new plan is a completely redesigned website that features market data and statistics, recent news, property searches as well as key links and details regarding the impressive cultural offerings throughout Elkhart County and the surrounding area. The website focuses on Elkhart County as a premier destination for investors, growing businesses and trailing families seeking educational, cultural and recreational outlets.

For more information about the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, email us at edc@elkhartcountybiz.com or call our development team at (574) 293-5627.



5 Years Later Part III: Elkhart County’s future after the Great Recession

Posted on Dec. 14, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Elkhart County is approaching a crossroad.

When looking back on how the Great Recession affected the local economy, three things become clear:

First, at five years later, there’s little doubt Elkhart County has shed its title of “the white-hot center of the meltdown of the American economy” as few believed it could.

Second, while we’re grateful for the robust RV industry, a diverse local job market is necessary.

Third, those hit hardest by the 2007-2009 recession — the workers in the manufacturing sector — expect another downturn.

In the third and final installment of our 5 Years Later series, we look forward to where Elkhart County might go from here by getting stories from the people who could take us there — businesspeople, workers and students.

But, before that, what have we learned?

In Part I, published last July, we looked at how things are today, five years since the “official end” of the recession in June 2009. Things are better but bruises dealt by the blow of the downturn are still evident. The unemployment rate has gone from a peak of 20 percent countywide back down to pre-recession levels, and the RV sector is on more solid footing. Wages, however, have yet to catch up for many, and RV shipments have yet to reach pre-recession highs.

In Part II, published in October, we revisited those rough years. Unemployment rates were among the highest anywhere in the nation and Elkhart County clung to pipe dreams of electric car production and economic diversification to survive.

As projections for RV production climb, most look on with a mixture of anxiety and pride. The push for diversification isn’t as strong as it was in 2009-2012, but fears of another collapse prevent it from being forgotten.

Some say economic diversification means we don’t have to live by the boom-and-bust nature of RV manufacturing forever, that we can learn from our past and make the future a little easier on our children and grandchildren.

Others proudly extol the indelible spirit of the American worker, and no doubt contribute to Elkhart County’s resilience. With a little planning and a little luck, surviving the cyclical nature of the industry isn’t as bad as it seems.

Only time will tell.

Source: http://www.elkharttruth.com/hometown/2014/12/14/5-Years-Later-Part-III-Elkhart-County-s-future-after-the-Great-Recession.html


Investment in Elkhart County Industrial Facilities Up This Year

Investment in jobs, new industrial buildings up so far in 2014

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 3:00 am | Updated: 10:57 am, Wed Nov 19, 2014.

By ROGER SCHNEIDER | rschneider@goshennews.com

GOSHEN — The Elkhart County economy got big boosts this year with more than $108 million in new investments by new and existing companies, according to the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

Those investments are expected to create 1,661 new jobs, according to the agency.

Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corp., said the agency’s new focus on raising the standard of living and overall quality of life in the county is beginning to pay off. The agency announced earlier this year its change in purpose from trolling for new industries to locate in the county, to attracting new businesses and helping expanding businesses that pay higher-than-average wages.

She said the two new industries that located in Bristol industrial parks were Alliance Sheets and Satellite Industries. Alliance Sheets invested $25 million in a facility and added 50 jobs with a wage scale of $20.80 per hour. Satellite Industries invested $6.9 million in a facility and created 70 jobs with a wage scale of $25.56 per hour.

“So that’s pretty impressive,” Heiden-Guss said. “What we are trying to do is bring quality paying jobs to the market and diversification.”

She said the EDC assisted with 18 projects, 16 of which were expansions, and the two new companies in Bristol.



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EDC’s New Focus Brings Significant Results


November 12, 2014

CONTACT: Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President & CEO | 574.293.5672 | dorinda@elkhartcountybiz.com


EDC’s New Focus Brings Significant Results

Elkhart County  — “Over $108 million in new investment from existing and prospective companies has been announced in 2014,” states Dorinda Heiden-Guss, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

More importantly, the new focus in raising the standard of living and overall quality of life is being addressed by the not-for-profit corporation in realigning its talent and financial resources.  In 2013, the EDC secured $72 million with a weighted average salary of $15.47 an hour.  However, in 2014, the EDC is announcing over $108 million with a weighted average salary of $23.70 an hour.

“This is a significant difference in how the EDC of Elkhart County is doing business,” according to Heiden-Guss.  “Thanks to our board of directors and strategic direction, Elkhart County and region will benefit from this new focus.”

Continuing, she shares that the EDC is supporting existing companies with programs for expansions, connecting with resources and understanding the challenge in securing enough workers.  “This is why the EDC is building a program for diversification.  By broadening the types of businesses in our local market, different talents and skill bases are needed.  It also may bring the needed balance to offset the ebb and flows of our marketplace.”

The EDC team is enthusiastic about the continuing successful outcomes through the end of 2014, Heiden-Guss adds.  “We bring value by helping businesses be profitable when they create quality jobs in the ever-changing global market.”

Founded in 2000 as a not-for-profit corporation, the EDC of Elkhart County’s mission is to create an economically vibrant community by recruiting, retaining and strengthening our county’s economic base and by being a catalyst for diversification, innovation and economic change.

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