ElkhartCountyWorks.com Launches

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County announces the launch of Elkhartcountyworks.com 

This website and accompanying media campaign was created as a tool to help recruit workforce for our rapidly growing economy.  It is but one response to our community’s labor shortage.

The website aggregates existing information on Jobs, Housing, Schools, and other community amenities to help a job seeker learn more about our great community. We are marketing Elkhart County to the job seeker and family.  The site does not require additional input from your company.  It aggregates existing databases such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, & CareerBuilder.com in such a way that bring focus to the opportunities available in Elkhart County.

Elkhartcountyworks.com is the foundation of the effort to bring workforce to Elkhart County.  It is supported by an extensive Social and Traditional Media campaign strategically targeted to areas of high unemployment, which have recent job loss announcements, and/or have experienced natural disasters.  A local concierge is available to answer questions about the community and potential employers.  A soft launch of the website occurred this past weekend.  A video outlining five reasons to move to Elkhart County was posted on one person’s Facebook page. It was shared by two other Facebook users.  By Monday morning over 600 substantive visits occurred to the website.

Our project partner is TaigMarks, Inc..  TaigMarks initiated a nationwide press release today.  Please reach out to me if you have questions.

Thank you,

Mark A. Dobson, IOM, AE
President & CEO

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart Count
300 NIBCO Parkway | Suite 201 | Elkhart, IN  46516
P:  574.293.5627 | F:  574.343.2951 | C:  574.536.9083
E:  mark@elkhartcountybiz.com | W:  www.elkhartcountybiz.com

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Become a better leader – Listen!

Listening — it seems so simple. Yet, it’s estimated that the average person ignores, forgets, or misunderstands at least 75% of what he or she hears. Is it any wonder that mistakes occur, opportunities are missed, or that the “I’ll take care of it!” never happens?

Have you ever caught yourself saying “I know I’m forgetting something”? Does your family ever say “would you just listen to me”? Is building a better business environment and strengthening family relationships top on your priority list? If you have answered YES to any of these questions, this workshop is for YOU!

The Pfeil Innovation Center, sponsored by Beacon Health System, is proud to present the one-day LISTENING PAYS® workshop on November 20th  and December 2nd.  More details >>

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Environmental & Safety Conference

Stay ahead of regulatory changes at the Environmental & Safety Conference on Wednesday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Conference location is the Lerner Theatre, 410 South Main Street, downtown Elkhart. Download registration document or click here to register.

Conference topics will include:

  • OSHA recordkeeping and ways to save on insurance
  • Hearing loss prevention
  • Asbestos, silica and chromium
  • Soil remediation
  • Waters of the United States
  • Problem-solving with environmental audits
  • Planning annual environmental calendar
  • Hazardous waste determination
  • NESHAP/MACT/GACT Hot topics
  • Impact of proposed ozone standard
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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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2015 Wage & Benefit Report

Elkhart County employers can now access a key resource to use when setting or negotiating wages and benefits – the 2015 Elkhart County Wage & Benefit Report.

Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, a top 500 accounting, tax and business advisory firm, provided analysis of the data for the published report.

Report shares information for,
• 150+ positions, from CEO to housekeeping, in administrative, technical, sales, production, legal, medical.
• Benefits section summarizes costs, health care plans and options.
• Typical practices and policies for vacation, time off, retirement, training and incentives.
Read more >>

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Elkhart County 4th Largest Growth in Manufacturing

Elkhart County has one of the fastest-growing manufacturing industries in the country.

In 2014, the county ranked fourth in the nation for manufacturing job growth, with 3,194 new manufacturing jobs added, according to Headlight Data, a firm that aggregates and analyzes economic and workforce data released by the federal government. For this study, Headlight Data looked at data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through its Quarterly Census of Employment and WagesRead on…

(source: Elkhart Truth, 07.23.15)

 

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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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Leadership Development Series

Leadership can often be hard to define and can mean different things to different people. Charisma, energy, solid decision-making, and an unwavering sense of direction are just some of the traits needed in a leader. They create an inspiring vision, and then motivate and inspire others to reach that vision.

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is pleased to announce a Leadership Training Series delivered by the Purdue Technical Assistance Program that addresses the recurring management challenges that new and experienced leaders encounter on a daily basis.  If you have new leaders in your organization or want to further develop existing staff – register for one workshop or the whole series!

Session One – Leadership Essentials & Situational Leadership (Aug 24)

Session Two – Managing Across Generations (Sept 21)

Session Three – Stress & Time Management (Oct 19)

Session Four – Managing Organizational Change (Nov 10)

Session Five – Emotional Intelligence (Dec 14)

Click here for more details.

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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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