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Wakarusa excited Thor Industries is moving in


Less than three weeks ago news came that a huge employer was leaving Wakarusa. In mid-May, Navistar announced it was selling Monaco, taking production and 800 jobs to Decatur, IN at the end of the summer.

This week brought more news for the community. A different company is moving in which Wakarusa resident, Alexander Brown says is good news. "I think a big corporation coming to a small town will help jump start the economy and bring positive things."

Brown was born and raised in Wakarusa, he wants to stay longer and says he wants to see the city thrive. "Small towns are rare and a lot of time they deteriorate."

He doesn't want to see that happen here, he'd like to raise his family in Wakarusa. So he is excited to hear Thor Industries is moving in. "I feel like that's encouraging news that Thor is coming to town, just because it will bring people, whether they live here or not, work here or not."

While the details are still under discussion, Thor Industries President Bob Martin says this is a sign of growth in the RV business. "We believe in it enough that we're willing to invest in a very large facility and we feel there's brighter days to come for the RV industry and Thor."

Thor will be moving into the facility Monaco is leaving behind in August. How many jobs they'll be offering is still up in the air. "Definitely looking at the people from the Monaco facility, but there may be opportunities for other people throughout the county."

Wakarusa Town Manager Jeff Troxel says the city will reap the benefits. "For Thor coming in, they're probably the biggest RV company, it adds some stability to our town. It's very exciting."

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