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Indiana Consolidation Made Sense for Atwood

Posted By RVBusiness On December 12, 2012 @ 9:56 am In Breaking News | No Comments

Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC will add 132 new jobs in Elkhart by 2015. According to a report by the South Bend Tribune, some of those new jobs already have been filled and many more will be in 2013, said Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Atwood.

As reported yesterday by RVBUSINESS.com, Atwood Mobile Products was among nine companies announcing more than 2,500 jobs coming to Indiana over the next few years during an event Tuesday (Dec. 11) in Indianapolis.

Atwood said it will invest $5.9 million to consolidate manufacturing operations from its Fan-Tastic Vent subsidiary in Imlay City, Mich., and distribution and warehousing operations from Tennessee and other locations to Elkhart County.

Atwood Mobile Products, a component supplier, already has 368 employees at four sites in Elkhart. It has 700 employees nationwide.

“We’re an RV-oriented company,” Ellis said in a phone interview. “It’s a good portion of what we do. Our customer base being located here, our manufacturing capability here, these products are a good fit for some of the capacities that we have in the area.”

“Atwood has seen tremendous growth the last few years, particularly in our recreational vehicle and specialty vehicle markets,” said Tim Stephens, president of Atwood Mobile Products in a news release by the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

The business climate in Indiana once again played a role, as did incentives, said Ellis and Stephens.

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