Nexus RVS LLC, a startup manufacturer of recreational vehicles, announced today (Oct. 19) that it will establish its production operations in Elkhart, Ind., creating up to 90 new jobs by 2013.
The company, which manufactures Class B and Class C motorhomes, will invest more than $2.8 million to lease and equip an existing 109,000- square-foot manufacturing facility adjacent to the Indiana Toll Road, according to a news release.
“As confidence in the recreational vehicle industry re-emerges, Indiana is seeing increased opportunities from new and existing manufacturers alike,” said Mitch Roob, secretary of commerce and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC). “This new business will provide welcomed jobs for workers in North Central Indiana.”
Nexus, currently headquartered at Notre Dame’s Innovation Park, plans to begin hiring production, supervisory and support associates at the Elkhart facility by the end of the year.
“We have selected Elkhart, Ind., because of the enormous knowledge base of both the individual workers and the vast supplier base. It will be our goal to elevate the importance of Elkhart to the retail customer as we are going to sell motorized products directly to the end user,” said Claude Donati, president of Nexus RVS.
Nexus RVS was founded earlier this summer by Donati, a more than 15-year veteran of the industry. He most recently served at Gulfstream Coach Inc. in Nappanee, Ind., as the vice president of the manufacturer’s motorized division.
“We are excited to be helping customers enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Dave Middleton, vice president and co-founder of Nexus RVS. “Over the last 15 years we have designed, manufactured and sold many of the best Class C and Class B-plus-style product in the industry. It will bring great excitement to earn the business of many RVers.”
The IEDC offered Nexus RVS LLC up to $725,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Elkhart will provide additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.
“Elkhart’s resilience is proven time and time again as entrepreneurs demonstrate their confidence in the future of our economic growth. We are excited that Claude Donati and his team at Nexus RVS will be investing in and joining our community,” said Mayor Dick Moore. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we recognize the importance of the small business community.”