Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 Chassix employee Travis Conner works on a  rear lower control arm on a processing line at the Bristol plant Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

The local manufacturers are asking the Elkhart County Council for tax abatements that could lead to job growth in the next few years.

Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.
 Notre Dame is hosting a business conference Oct. 3.

The eighth annual Notre Dame Diversity in Business Conference will focus on gender dynamics and feature talks by female business leaders. The event is free and will be held Friday, Oct. 3.

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 Jennifer Lamirand cleans up a weather sealed joint on a Skyline travel trailer at the Elkhart RV Open House Week Sept. 15, 2014. A Phoenix-based competitor is trying to acquire the Elkhart company in a hostile takeover bid.

The news comes as the Elkhart-based company negotiates a deal to spin off its recreational vehicle division and sell it to Evergreen RV.

Posted on Sept. 29, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.
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 Visitors to the RV Open House at the RV/MH Hall of Fame walk past the Keystone display units as they enter the open house Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Industrywide shipments in August rose 5.8 percent from the same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association announced Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 29, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

Recreational vehicle makers are on pace to ship 350,000 RVs, according to an industry trade group.

 Brad McIntire of Billings Funeral Home
Posted on Sept. 26, 2014 at 9:39 p.m.

This week’s report includes news from Billings Funeral Home, Kemner-Iott Agency of Cass County, Heart City Health Center, the RV/MH Hall of Fame and North Central Co-op.

 A customer finishes filling his truck with gas at the Gallops Travel Plaza Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The castle-themed truck stop recently opened at the intersection of U.S. 20 and S.R. 15.
Posted on Sept. 26, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

Elkhart County Health Department said it has now inspected the new business and approved it to operate as a full service food establishment.

 Don Emahiser, president of Skyline Corp's RV Group, stands before one of the company's new travel trailer brands, the Trident, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as his staff set up its display for last week's RV Open House Week outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Skyline announced Friday, Sept. 26 that it's selling the RV side of its business to Middlebury-based Evergreen RV.
Posted on Sept. 26, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

The announcement was made Friday but terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

 Elkhart-based Ameritrans Inc. is opening a second plant in Nappanee to assemble double-deck buses like this one for United Kingdom-based manufacturer Alexander Dennis. The buses will be used for sightseeing and transit throughout the United States and Canada.
Posted on Sept. 26, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.

This is the second expansion announced this year by Ameritrans.

 This bus was made by Ameritrans in Elkhart. The company plans an expansion into Nappanee that will create 73 jobs by 2016.
Posted on Sept. 26, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.

The move by the bus manufacturer is expected to create 73 new jobs in the area by 2016. 

Posted on Sept. 25, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.

Tommie Lee sat down with Chamber President and CEO Kyle Hannon for a discussion of Elkhart’s economy today and tomorrow.

 A food plaza inside the medieval-themed truck stop at the intersection of S. R. 15 and U. S. 20 has been shut down by the Elkhart County Health Department.
Posted on Sept. 24, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

The massive $10 million gas station and convenience store looks like a castle. The McDonald’s and Subway located inside the truck stop aren’t affected by the shutdown.

 This Jan. 5, 2012, file photo shows firefighters working to extinguish a hay fire in Millersburg. Extension educator Jeff Burbrink said farmers must monitor their hay for rising temperatures and act before a fire occurs.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

Crops are growing well enough to make hay, but getting it dried for storage hasn’t been easy. In fact, if wet hay is placed in a barn too soon, it could ignite.

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