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Grand Design RV plans 500 jobs in Elkhart County

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Gov. Mike Pence says a new recreational vehicle manufacturer plans to create 500 jobs in northern Indiana by 2016.

Pence joined executives of Grand Design RV in Middlebury on Thursday as the company announce plans to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in the Elkhart County town about 30 miles east of South Bend.

Grand Design already employs 115 employees in Middlebury. RV industry veterans began the company late last year.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company up to $2.85 in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans.

RV components producer Drew Industries Inc. announced last week it would create up to 800 new jobs in Elkhart County by 2017.

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    Pence has now jumped into the job announcement reality show. Our unemployment rate ought to be 5% by now.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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