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RV parts suppliers plan to add 260 jobs in Indiana

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Two subsidiaries of White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries Inc. announced Wednesday morning that they plan to bring 260 jobs to Elkhart and Goshen by 2015 as part of a $3.7 million expansion.

Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc. and Kinro Manufacturing Inc. said the investment will go toward starting a thermo-forming operation and expanding a glass-tempering and awning operation in the northern Indiana cities.

Lippert and Kinro together employ about 5,000 people nationally, including more than 4,000 in northern Indiana. The companies will begin hiring for manufacturing and administrative positions in the fall.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said it will provide Lippert up to $1.2 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $115,000 in training grants based on the company’s job-creation plans. The cities of Elkhart and Goshen will consider additional property-tax abatements.

“The state of Indiana, Elkhart County and the cities of Goshen and Elkhart continue to show a strong commitment to partnering with companies like ours in the RV industry so that our industry can continue to rebound from the economic downturn and also thrive in the future,” Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Lippert and Kinro, said in a prepared statement.

The recreation-vehicle industry produced 252,400 units in 2011, a 41-percent increase from the year before, according to the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. More than 83 percent of American-made RVs produced last year were built in Indiana.

Lippert and Kinro supply various components for RVs and manufactured homes, including chassis, axles, upholstered furniture, mattresses, windows, doors and thermo-formed products.
 

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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