1. Lippert moving into vacant former Cequent plant
Lippert Components Inc. is moving their "interiors" division, which makes mattresses and furniture for the RV industry, into the former Cequent plant at 2600 College Avenue in Goshen. Cequent vacated the 366,000-square-foot building last year when the company moved its operations to Mexico.
The move will not affect the size of Lippert's workforce. Lippert would be able to expand its other divisions once the mattress and furniture production lines move out of their current plants.
2. Elkhart officers involved in Martin's shooting to remain on administrative leave until internal policy review is completed
The two police officers who responded to the Martin's Super Market shooting in January have to wait for the Elkhart Police Department to conclude its own investigation before they can return to active duty. The report will be given to Police Chief Dale Pflibsen, who will decide when the officers will return to duty and if any actions need to be taken.
Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp have been on paid administrative leave since the incident.
3. Rep. Walorski to make weekly GOP address, focusing on veterans issues
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski will deliver the weekly Republican radio address on Saturday, March 29, to highlight the claims backlog that has left veterans waiting months for their benefits, according to a release from U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.
Walorski previously gave a national GOP address on April 13, 2013, which focused on the federal budget and spending.
4. Elkhart bus maker Ameritrans expanding, adding 35 workers by 2017
Elkhart-based bus maker Ameritrans Bus Inc. will invest $429,384 in its new facility at 3601 C.R. 6. The investment will renovate and equip the building and add an additional 35 workers by 2017.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered tax credits to Ameritrans based on the company's job creation plans.
5. Theft from Cub Scouts leads to rally from community
The Elkhart community stepped up after hearing that local Cub Scout Pack 762 had more than $5,000 stolen from them. The group received $1,775 in donations after The Elkhart Truth published a story about how former cubmaster Nicole Taylor stole a year's worth of funds from their bank account.
Santa's Pantry, a local non-profit, and Pay It Forward 4-H Club are also hosting a chili dinner fundraiser at Eastwood Elementary School, 53215 C.R. 15 on April 4 to raise money for Cub Scout Pack 762.