RV Plant 2010 Move a Factor in City Ranking
Marion, Ind., which lured Earthbound RV from Middlebury in 2010, ranked No. 9 in the nation last year for cities its size in terms of attracting new production facilities.
For the sixth time since Site Selection Magazine began its Governor’s Cup rankings in 2003, Marion has made the list, this year as the ninth top “Micropolitan” in the United States. The magazine ranking of Top Micropolitans ranks cities of 10,000 to 50,000 within at least one county. Marion was credited with nine projects in 2010 that fit the magazine’s criteria, according to a news release.
It is the first Indiana Micropolitan community to make a top 10 ranking twice. The Site Selection’s 2010 Governor’s Cup was published in the March 2011 issue of Site Selection Magazine and on their website http://www.siteselection.com.
Earthbound President Dave Hoefer Sr. and his 60-employee company benefited from economic development tax breaks in moving to Grant County, located about 80 miles south of the company’s former plant in Middlebury.
Meanwhile, Indiana is holding its own in a national ranking of economic development projects. The magazine placed Indiana ninth in its annual ranking of states, based on total number of projects. That is up one spot from the previous year.
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