Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in a special Business & Industry Magazine published by The Elkhart Truth, which serves the RV industry’s hub in Indiana’s Elkhart County. To read the entire article click here.
Many started as suppliers dedicated only to the recreational vehicle industry. Others simply reached over to Elkhart County, extending their already growing business.
RV suppliers are diverse and they’re also growing in Elkhart County, bringing more jobs to the area.
As Jarod Lippert, director of marketing for Lippert Components Inc. would put it, the list of items supplied by various companies based in Elkhart County, including his Goshen-based firm, is long.
At Lippert Components, the list includes chassis, windows, axles, suspensions, hydraulics and furniture. Though the RV companies are its biggest clients, Lippert Components has its share of companies that are not in the RV industry it does business with, including housing and the truck, trailer and transit industries, said Lippert.
Established in Michigan in 1956 as a small steel fabrication shop, Lippert Components is now a subsidiary owned by Drew Industries Inc., which reported in its 2011 annual report that the RV products segment accounted for 84% of its consolidated net sales. Drew Industries’ other subsidiary is Kinro Inc., a company that, like Lippert Components, has corporate offices in Goshen.
Lippert Components has more than 5,300 employees, 34 facilities and more than 3 million square feet in manufacturing base, Lippert said.
But smaller companies are also growing exponentially in this county. Genesis Products Inc., a woods manufacturer for RV, kitchen and furniture industries, announced Feb. 4 its plans to expand operations in Elkhart County, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2016.
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