Northern Ind. Brings Diversity to Economic Mix

Northern Indiana communities hit hard by the Great Recession are rebounding with some key lessons about the economy and their workforces in hand. According to an Associated Press report, Elkhart County’s unemployment rate jumped to nearly 19% in 2009 as the recreational vehicle industry that dominated the area’s manufacturers saw orders plummet. Though the RV [...]

Lippert Continues to Grow Through Acquisition

With an eye on continued growth, RV supplier Drew Industries Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has purchased one company and is in the process of acquiring another. The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported that Lippert Components already has completed its purchase of Innovative Design Solutions for $36 million. IDS, which employs 100 [...]

Forest River Buying Supreme’s Shuttle-Bus Unit

Supreme Industries Inc. will sell its shuttle-bus assets to Forest River Inc. The Goshen (Ind.) News reported that in December Supreme management announced it would sell the shuttle-bus business. Forest River, headquartered in Elkhart, will buy the division for about $7 million, depending on bus sales before the deal is finalized. Supreme is making the [...]

MARVAC Flint Show Slated to Run March 13-16

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 37th Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, March 13-16,at the Perani Arena & Event Center. According to a press release, over 85 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $4,000 [...]