The team effort is paying off.
The South Bend Tribune reported that’s the word from Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Indiana’s Elkhart County, after Vista Manufacturing Inc., a lighting manufacturer that services the RV industry, announced plans to expand its operations in Elkhart, creating up to 15 new jobs by 2015.
“It’s wonderful,” Heiden-Guss said. “Our team effort is actually paying off. Our focus has been on existing companies.”
For the last three years, under the direction of Dave Ogle, EDC business retention and expansion director, and Denise Hoke, office manager, the EDC has been visiting with Elkhart County companies and trying to provide value, Heiden-Guss said.
“We’ve been doing it for three years now on a concentrated basis and the benefits are actually becoming evident,” she said.
Vista Manufacturing, which manufactures lighting products, will invest $3 million over three years to build and equip a 34,000-square-foot facility at 53345 Columbia Drive in Elkhart, according to a release from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
The company currently operates out of two buildings in Elkhart; the expansion will consolidate Vista’s current manufacturing and distribution facilities into one building, which will be operational by next year.
“Vista is the latest company to choose Indiana as its centralized production location and that speaks volumes for the global attention our state’s business climate continues to receive,” said Dan Hasler, secretary of commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. in the release.
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