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RV company to add 500 jobs in Middlebury by 2016


Up to 500 new jobs could be coming to Middlebury in the next few years.  RV developer and manufacturer Grand Design RV is opening four new plants in the area.  The purchasing and equipping of the facilities comes out to an $11.1 million investment by the company.

"There is no location more convenient or suited for Grand Design's operations than Elkhart County, the RV capital of the world," said Governor Mike Pence, who was at the announcement Thursday. "With our skilled workforce, competitive tax climate and robust infrastructure, the Hoosier State stands out as the best place to start and grow a business. Our hope is that by preserving this low-tax, pro-growth climate, the world will continue to recognize that Indiana is open for business." 

Launched just late last year, Grand Design currently employs 115 people in Middlebury.  They are currently producing a single extended stay fifth wheel brand, but plan to expand to six different lines of towable fifth wheel and travel trailers.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says RV production in the Hoosier State continues to come back since the national economic recession. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, the RV industry produced 26,100 units nationally in February, a six percent increase from the year before. More than 83 percent of all American-made RVs are produced in Indiana.

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