INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: RV manufacturer adding hundreds of jobs

2013-04-18T12:28:00Z 2013-04-18T16:58:05Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: RV manufacturer adding hundreds of jobsBy Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
April 18, 2013 12:28 pm  • 

Middlebury-based Grand Design RV LLC is planning to add 500 jobs in the Elkhart County town by 2016. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says it has invested more than $11 million to purchase and equip four plants on a 67-acre campus. The company already employs 115 in Middlebury. It's another recent boost for Elkhart County. Last week, Drew Industries Inc. detailed plans to move its headquarters from New York to Elkhart and create up to 800 Hoosier jobs.

 

 Indy attracts global sporting event

The leader of the group bringing a professional soccer team to Indianapolis believes a major international match coming in August could be "the biggest soccer event" in the city's history. Indy Pro Soccer President Peter Wilt and promoters of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup match will announce details of the Lucas Oil Stadium game next month. The game is part of an eight-team tournament featuring big-name soccer clubs from Spain, Italy and the United States. He tells Inside INdiana Business Indianapolis' athletic reputation helped sell promoter New York-based RSE Ventures North American on the location.

 

ExactTarget Opens Another International Office

Indianapolis-based ExactTarget Inc. continues to expand its global reach. The digital marketing company has opened an office in Singapore, which it says will build on a regional presence that was established with the launch of an Australian unit in 2010.

 

Trucking Company Plans to Cease Operations

A company located in Posey County says it will end operations. In a notice to the state, ADM Trucking Inc. in Mt. Vernon says an outside carrier will take over its business. The move affects 20 employees and should be complete in July.

 

Echo Acquires Bright Technology

Arizona-based Echo Automotive Inc., which operates a research facility at Anderson's Flagship Enterprise Center, has bought out what remains of a once-promising hybrid technology company. The acquisition of Bright Automotive's assets includes intellectual property rights and patents.

 

DNR Recognizes Indiana 'Tree Campuses'

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has recognized eight Indiana colleges with Tree Campus USA designations. To achieve the distinction, schools must develop a tree care program and coordinate a student service learning project.

 

Elkhart Mayor Highlights Successes, Challenges

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore says the city will need to spend responsibly to counteract a drop in tax revenue. In his state of the city address, Moore said he expects a $13 million revenue loss by 2015.

 

Report Examines Expanded Mass Transit Impact

A report commissioned by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization suggests the first phase of a plan for expanded mass transit in central Indiana would create more than 3,300 direct and indirect permanent jobs. The study, conducted by Morris, Lloyd & Associates LLC, also says implementation would pump $3.8 billion into the state's economy by 2025.

 

Purdue To Revamp Weekend MBA

Purdue University is making several changes to its Krannert School of Management weekend MBA program. The reformatting is set to take place this fall and will include reduced completion time, additional electives and career training.

 

Rose-Hulman Names Commencement Speaker

An entrepreneurship and venture capital expert will deliver the commencement address next month at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Felda Hardymon is a partner with New York-based Bessemer Venture Partners and a 1969 graduate of Rose-Hulman.

 

Patient Safety Organization Names President

The Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety has hired Jim Fuller as president. He spent 27 years at Wishard Health Services, most recently serving as vice president of clinical support services.

 

Economic Index Suggests 'Mixed' Picture

The Leading Index for Indiana dipped in April. The Indiana Business Research Center says that suggests a continued mixed economic picture for the state. Director of Economic Analysis Tim Slaper says consumers are having a tough time gauging the "direction or force of the economic winds."

 

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