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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Growing by Leaps & Bounds

$72 million in new investment from January through May 2015.  Booming capitalism with strong leadership directing the future path.  Embracing the new vision, new board members join in the growth strategies of diversification, innovation and economic change.  We welcome Grace Bonewitz, Gregg Fore, Rich Hill, Jim Malone, Tom McCuddy and Amy Sink.
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Third Time is a Charm

Elkhart County announces a third Shovel Ready Site!

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is joined by Henry DeJulia, Syracuse Town Manager to designate the Syracuse Technology Park an Indiana Shovel Ready site.  The Town of Syracuse, Elkhart Chamber and the EDC of Elkhart County worked in partnership to create a new Technology Park.

Syracuse Technology Park, www.syracuse6and13.com, marks the spot of your next project.  62 acres at the corner of US 6 and SR 13 ready for development.  Technology requires speed and the Town of Syracuse speeds up the timeline for building your next facility.  Contact Henry at hdejulia@syracusein.org or 574-457-3348.

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Plans to Expand & Create New Jobs

Winnebago Towables announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 150 new jobs by 2019.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), invested approximately $5.4 million in April to purchase four facilities in Middlebury that cover 277,330 square feet on its 31-acre campus, which was previously leased. The company plans to grow production at the facilities and also invest nearly $250,000 in equipment over the next few years to meet growing demand for the company’s line of Winnebago towable recreational vehicles (RVs).

“Northern Indiana is the epicenter of the RV industry,” said Governor Mike Pence. “It’s the home of nearly 85 percent of the nation’s RV production and supports thousands of Hoosier jobs. And, because of the state’s affordable business climate and experienced manufacturing workforce, it’s great to see Winnebago choosing to create even more jobs here.”

Winnebago currently employs approximately 2,800 associates nationally. Once fully staffed, Winnebago Towables will employ approximately 280 in Indiana. The company is currently hiring for manufacturing positions. Interested applicants may apply online at http://winnebagoind.com/company/careers.

“We are pleased with the opportunity to grow our manufacturing footprint in Middlebury, Indiana,” said Randy Potts, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Winnebago Industries. “We greatly appreciate the support provided to us by the state of Indiana, Elkhart County and the city of Middlebury and we look forward to continued growth and future success here.”

Founded in 1958, Winnebago is a manufacturer of recreational vehicles. Winnebago acquired SunnyBrook Manufacturing in Middlebury in 2010, marking the company’s re-entry into producing towable RVs for the first time since 1983. Primarily serving the leisure travel and outdoor recreation markets, Winnebago is a leading U.S. RV manufacturer with additional motorhome and component manufacturing facilities in Forest City, Charles City and Lake Mills, Iowa, along with a soon-to-be-opened facility in Waverly, Iowa.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Winnebago of Indiana, LLC up to $1,925,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $75,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Middlebury will consider additional incentives at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

“We would like to thank Winnebago for its continued investment and job creation in the town of Middlebury and Elkhart County,” said Gary O’Dell, president of the Middlebury Town Council. “Elkhart County’s current assets, transportation options and proximity to Interstate 80/90 all were factors contributing to the company’s decision to invest.”

About Winnebago
Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes”, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since 1996. The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO. Options for the Company’s common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. For access to Winnebago Industries’ investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corporation

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SITE SELECTION: Consolidate, Grow & Locate

Global competition is challenging.  Securing new and diversified businesses to our community requires Elkhart County to be at our best.  Identifying key drivers in Financial & Professional Services, Agriculture & Food Processing, Electronics, Robotics, Healthcare and Advanced Recycling positions Elkhart County in a new light.  The EDC of Elkhart County is talking, meeting and visiting with key site selectors to share our message.
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BREAKING BARRIERS

Elected officials countywide are discussing Best Practices with experts in economic development from across the country.  The EDC, in partnership with sponsors, is embracing change and diversification.  Each community has selected their representatives to respond to infrastructure and incentive packages for new company growth and expansion.  Takeaways…Speed, Remove Risk, Help Companies Save Money.

Thank you: Ancon Construction, 1st Source Bank, Indiana Michigan Power and NIPSCO.

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Mishawaka Sheet Metal: Investing in Elkhart County

Mishawaka Sheet Metal, a distributor and fabricator of aluminum, steel and sheet metal products, is investing $1.5 million to equip its approximately 75,000 square-foot Elkhart facility. Experiencing increased demand from area RV, cargo trailer, horse trailer and shuttle bus manufacturers, the company is currently installing an additional laser cutting machine and a cut-to-length line to increase production.

“Given our commitment to the local industries and strategic location, we felt it was important to continue to work close with our business partners by keeping our operations located in northern Indiana,” said Jeff Troyer, president and chief executive officer of Mishawaka Sheet Metal.

Founded in 1991, Mishawaka Sheet Metal currently employs 60 people. The company plans to create up to 20 new jobs by 2018 and has already begun hiring production technicians and metal fabrication equipment operators.

“This is excellent news for Mishawaka Sheet Metal – another successful Elkhart County company is seizing business opportunities, investing in equipment and providing new jobs for the citizens of the community!” said Randy Yohn, Elkhart County Councilman.

Interested applicants may apply at the Elkhart WorkOne office or online at www.IndianaCareerConnect.com.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

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