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RV Industry Filling Elkhart East

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The intersection of County Roads 6 and 17 is becoming a popular spot for new RV businesses in Elkhart.

In the past year, at least two new facilities have gone up in the Elkhart East development, which spans 1,200 acres around the Indiana Toll Road interchange at C.R. 17. Titan Sales and Consulting has already moved into a 70,000-square-foot facility in the southwest corner of the intersection, Rob Letherman, project manager for Elkhart East and vice president of Northland Corp. told the Elkhart Truth. ACC Climate Control Inc. is now building a 135,000-square-foot facility in the area as well.

And then there’s Furrion Limited, which announced plans last July to build a new technology research and innovation center just west of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The company specializes in electronics used in the RV and marine industries.

There are more buildings cropping up near the intersection because there aren’t many existing facilities in Elkhart big enough to keep up with companies’ needs, Letherman said. The development’s also close to the interchange, putting it along a direct route to Chicago from cities such as Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., according to the Elkhart East website.

“Inventory for existing manufacturing facilities is extremely tight in the Elkhart market,” Letherman said. “And companies are choosing once again, after the recession, to start building.”

Local government has taken steps to encourage companies to build facilities in Elkhart. The Elkhart County Council approved tax abatements for ACC Climate Control’s new facility in March which could be worth up to $529,000 over five years. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has also offered the company up to $350,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants.

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