Gov. Pence making RV jobs announcement in Middlebury
Posted: 04/17/2013 at 5:00 pm
By: Justin Leighty
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Grand Design Recreational Vehicles President and Co-owner Don Clark inside the company’s 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Middlebury. The building, once a space for manufactured homes, will allow Grand Design to expand its manufacturing as demand for its recreational vehicles grows. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan)
The Grand Design Recreational Vehicles team of (from left) Jerry McCarthy, Ron Fenech, Marc Hauser, Don Clark and Bill Fenech at the RVIA National Trade Showin Louisville, Ky. (Truth Photo By Tom Fougerousse)
Don Clark talks to employees and suppliers of Grand Design RV as well as assorted media Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Clark is a co-owner and president of the company. At right is Bill Fenech, co-owner of Grand Design RV. The company celebrated its 100th day of operation, the hiring of its 100th employee and the production of its 100th unit on Tuesday. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) ¬ ¬ ¬
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence speaks during the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors spring meeting Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Don Clark talks to employees and suppliers of Grand Design RV as well as assorted media Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Clark is a co-owner and president of Grand Design. The company celebrated its 100th day of operation, the hiring of its 100th employee and the production of its 100th unit on Tuesday. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Pence will come to Grand Design’s headquarters north of town Thursday afternoon, April 18, for “a major economic development announcement regarding hundreds of new jobs,” according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Grand Design launched in November to RV dealers at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association trade show in Louisville, Ky.
The company, started by industry veterans Ron Fenech, Bill Fenech and Don Clark, moved into a former manufactured housing facility in Middlebury and started production.
Last month Clark said the company was increasing production of their initial Solitude luxury fifth-wheel RV, with a second model planned to hit full production around now, with a third version coming in a few weeks.
They plan to introduce another brand this summer, and have plenty of room for added production at their campus at C.R. 2 and S.R. 13/U.S. 131.
After the Grand Design stop, Pence will visit Culver Duck Farm near Middlebury, according to his office.