There is more good news for Elkhart County. Plans are under way for a new division of Forest River Inc. in Wakarusa, Ind. It could send another 200 people back to work, according to WSBT-TV, South Bend.
“Lifetime RV is going to be a great employer; we’re going to treat our people right,” Chris Hermon told WSBT News.
Hermon and Jeff Rank are running the new division called Lifetime RV. Its new home will be the former Travel Supreme RV production complex in Wakarusa, as first reported by RVBUSINESS.com.
“Our plan is to be a full-line RV manufacturer of all towable brands, from entry level stick and tin, all the way to high-end fifth wheels,” Hermon explained. “Our plan is to be in full production in mid- to late-October.”
The division will be bringing in a whole new production setup.
“The infrastructure is here. Our plan is to start from the ground floor,” Hermon said. “The most important thing that we have going for us is dealers are excited about what we’re going to bring to the market.”
He says based on the unique product line they’ll be offering, the experience of the people starting the division, and the available work force, now is a great time to bring a new RV operation online.
“In our mind the timing was exceptionally right with the workforce that’s available out here in Wakarusa and Nappanee,” Hermon added. “That’s really one of the things we’re excited about, is the talent pool that this area possesses.”
With the new Navistar International Corp./Monaco RV operation, plans for the Electric Motors Corp. and now a new RV company, many of the unemployed in the Wakarusa area have more to smile about.
“We’re just more than pleased. It’s our road to recovery, and we’re thinking we’re on the way. We have lots of folks who are still unemployed,” said Wakarusa Town Manager Tom Roeder. “This is just great news. We think we’re coming back.”