RV manufacturer to set up shop in Elkhart County, creating up to 500 jobs

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MIDDLEBURY – Gov. Mike Pence joined executives from a recreational vehicle manufacturer to announce hundreds of new jobs for Hoosiers.

Grand Design RV, LLC will invest more than $11 million to put its headquarters and manufacturing operations at 11333 CR 2 in Middlebury, adding up to 500 jobs by 2016. The company, which introduced its product to the market in January, expects to produce more than 1,750 units this year.

“There is no location more convenient or suited for Grand Design’s operations than Elkhart County, the RV capital of the world,” said Pence. “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.”

Currently, Grand Design has 115 associates in Middlebury. The company is in the process of hiring additional associates, including positions in manufacturing, distribution, administration and sales.

Grand Design was launched late last year by RV industry veterans Don Clark and Bill Fenech. Its signature Solitude brand—an extended fifth-wheel—is the first of up to six different product lines of fifth wheels and travel trailers.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Grand Design up to $2.8 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants. The benefits are performance-based, meaning that the company must come through on its promises to get them.