Elkhart Area Economy Shows Strength in 2015

This past year has been a good one from an economic standpoint in South Bend, Ind., and the surrounding region, including Elkhart County. The South Bend Tribune reported that St. Joseph County’s unemployment rate was 4.7% in November, down from 6.3% in November 2014. The number of jobs in the county — about 123,000 as of November — […]

RV Shipments up 3.9% for Nov.; Rise 4.9% YTD

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that RV wholesale shipments for November totaled 27,329 units, representing a 3.9% gain compared with November of 2014. Through the first 11 months, RV wholesale shipments reached 346,221, 4.9% ahead of this point last year. Class B and Class C motorhomes posted the largest year-over-year increases for the month with 24.3% and […]

Winnebago’s ‘Corporate Expansion’ Scrutinized

Speculation followed the Dec. 21 announcement that Winnebago Industries Inc. plans to expand its corporate footprint in the Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn., metropolitan area. As reported by the Forest City Summit, the motorhome manufacturer made the announcement when it shared news it had hired Michael Happe of the Toro Co., based in Bloomington, Minn., as its […]

Maine State Parks Work To Increase Winter Use

In an effort to get more people visiting Maine state parks year-round, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is ramping up its programming and public outreach this winter. “There’s lots of fun things to do at state parks in the winter,” Gary Best, Regional Manager of Maine State Parks and Historic Sites, said. The […]

Boating Industry Looks for More Growth in 2016

Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with being boring. As reported by Boating Industry, that may be the best way to sum up the state of the boating industry these days, with slow and steady growth becoming the norm the last several years. That trend looks to continue this year. Industry estimates put 2015 unit growth in […]