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Drew Follows Thor to Centralize in Elkhart Co.

For the second time in less than four months, Indiana’s Elkhart County is scoring another corporate headquarters, according to a report by the South Bend Tribune.

Following on the heels of Thor Industries Inc.’s move from Ohio to Elkhart, Drew Industries Inc. announced it would move its corporate headquarters here from White Plains, N.Y.

Thor, which already is a major employer at its recreational vehicle plants in the region, recently moved into its new headquarters along the St. Joseph River in downtown Elkhart.

Drew, a manufacturer of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, will move into a vacant building at 3501 County Road 6. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for sometime in June to mark the move and expansion in the county, said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

All told, the announcement by Drew is expected to result in about 800 new jobs over the next several years. Beyond the move of corporate headquarters, Drew’s subsidiaries, Lippert and Kinro, will undertake industrial expansions at existing plants in Elkhart and Goshen that will result in the lion’s share of the new jobs.

Goshen City Council took the first step Tuesday to approving tax abatement for the industrial expansion that will create nearly 400 new jobs at Drew Industries’ plants in the city. Elkhart City Council is expected to take the first step Monday for its portion of the expansion.

Drew plans to invest $12.75 million to renovate and equip four manufacturing plants it operates in Goshen and Elkhart. The company will install new manufacturing and production lines, which are expected to be operational this year.

“We have experienced significant growth over the past three years,” said Jason D. Lippert, chairman and chief executive officer of Lippert Components and Kinro, in a release from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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