Thursday, October 2, 2014

 Marestail, seen here, is becoming a problem in soybean fields in the area. Jeff Burbrink writes about it in the latest edition of his column,

Resistant weeds are becoming more and more of an issue for farmers.

Posted 17 minutes ago
 Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. earlier this year closed this RV manufacturing plant on C.R. 15, along with one next door. Its last RV plant is now in Bristol.

A 28-year-old Indiana law makes it difficult, but not impossible, for a company to attempt a hostile takeover of any company based in Indiana.

Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 6:06 a.m.
 This is a word cloud made from 14 national news items from between 2008 and 2012 focused on Elkhart County and the travails the community faced during the Great Recession.

Five years ago, reporters from the New York Times, MSNBC, the Washington Post and other outlets came here to document the impact of the downturn.

Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
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Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

Local real estate agents said they take a number of precautions when meeting new clients for the first time and provided a few safety tips for others in their field. 

 The proposed TIF district is in Middlebury around the S.R. 13 toll road interchange.
Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 10:11 p.m.

The proposed district could create 500 permanent manufacturing and commercial-related jobs north of Middlebury and increase property values.

 Notre Dame is hosting a business conference Oct. 3.
Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

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.

 Chassix employee Travis Conner works on a  rear lower control arm on a processing line at the Bristol plant Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

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

 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.
Posted on Sept. 29, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

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

 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.

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