Heartland RV to expand, add 265 new jobs in Elkhart

A northern Indiana recreational vehicle manufacturer is expanding its Elkhart operations and plans to hire up to 265 new
workers by 2013.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC announced Monday that it will invest more than $2.6 million to buy and equip a 125,000-square-foot
manufacturing complex in Elkhart.

The maker of RVs and travel trailers announced in February that it had bought the remaining trademarks of the towable brands
of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

Heartland says acquiring the former Fleetwood brands will allow it to expand into markets in the western United States. Founded
in 2003, Heartland now employs more than 900 workers across north-central Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Heartland as much as $885,000 in performance-based tax credits. The city of
Elkhart will provide additional property tax abatement.

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