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Elkhart County EDC Honors Dometic Corp.

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September 1, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

Douglas Whyte (left, president of Dometic Corp., receives a gift from Jim Hiatt, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

Doug Whyte (left, president of Dometic Corp., receives a gift from Jim Hiatt, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

The Economic Development Corp. (EDC) of Elkhart County, Ind., recently honored Dometic among 10 companies for their commitment to leadership in the growth and prosperity of the local economy.

About 100 people were in attendance at the 2010 Investors Meeting during which the EDC identified and showed appreciation to the companies with congratulatory remarks and the presentation of crystal globe awards, according to a news release.

Keynote speaker Mitch Roob, CEO of the Indiana EDC, talked about Elkhart County’s impressive efforts to bring commerce to the area over the last year, and Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the Elkhart EDC, said companies working with them announced the investment of $245 million in 2009, resulting in 4,700 new jobs.

“We’re elated to have Dometic among our existing manufcaturers growing and expanding in Elkhart County,” said Heiden-Guss. “Dometic was our success story, as they surpassed their 10-year-goal their first year.”

Dometic promised 241 jobs between its Elkhart and LaGrange facilities but has created almost 400, just over 300 of those in Elkhart. Dometic was third highest in investment dollars among the companies honored at the meeting, spending $6.8 million in equipment and facilities.

“We were very honored to be recognized by the EDC,” said Doug Whyte, Dometic president. “We’ve moved factory operations here from overseas and constructed new facilities for product assembly and manufacturing because Elkhart is a great place to work and do business. This award is very meaningful to us.”

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