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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Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County Launches New Website

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

 

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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

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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.

 


 

Read Full Story at: http://www.goshennews.com/news/business/investment-in-elkhart-county-industrial-facilities-up-this-year/article_97a9426d-86f2-5fb1-bc20-fde463bdffcf.html

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EDC’s New Focus Brings Significant Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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