Monday, October 20, 2014

 Tim Masterman uses a turret truck to move inventory in the Titan Sales and Consulting warehouse Thursday, Oct 16, 2014. The company is growing and needs more space.

Titan Sales and Consulting started out small in 2002, but since then, the adhesive and sealant business has grown – so much so that it’s about to move into a facility twice the size of its current one.

Jeff Parrott

Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 8:22 a.m.
 Al Hesselbart speaking at the 3rd annual Outdoor Lifestyle Show in Hangzhou, China on March 5, 2010. Hesselbart was one of four U.S. representatives who spoke at the event, which he considers the high point of his 20 years with the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Hesselbart is an internationally recognized authority on the history of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. Fittingly, he plans on becoming an full-time RV-er in his retirement.


Jeff Parrott

Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.
 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, visited recreational vehicle manufacturer Jayco Inc. in Middlebury on Oct. 14, 2014. Here she's flanked by Joe Thompson, left, Jayco's vice president of operations, and Derald Bontrager, Jayco's president and chief executive officer.

The first-time congresswoman pressed the president on foreign policy during her visit to a Middlebury factory Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.
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 K-Z Inc. plans to build a new lamination and aluminum welding facility to supply towable recreational vehicles it makes like this Sportsman travel trailer, the Shipshewana-based company announced Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
Posted on Oct. 13, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

K-Z Inc. is receiving income tax credits and training grants from the state of Indiana to build a facility in Shipshewana that will produce RV components. 

 When the Great Recession hit, Elkhart County, Ind. found itself among the hardest-hit places in the nation. The community gained national media and political attention as it struggled to climb its way down from the highest unemployment rate in the country.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:30 a.m.

In part two of a special series marking the 5 year anniversary of the Great Recession, we look at why and how Elkhart County became the poster child for the worst economic disaster in more than a generation.

 Lori Floyd, of Goshen, sits in her living room for a portrait on Sept. 10, 2014, in a house she bought just four months before losing her administrative assistant job at Monaco Coach in 2008.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Lori Floyd wanted a more stable future for herself and her daughter and she knew she wouldn’t find it in the RV industry.

 Elkhart County has always been something of an industrial town. Click through the timeline to learn more.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Although the manufactured housing industry isn’t exactly suffering these days, it’s still a different beast from what it was before the Great Recession. 

 Great Lakes RV Center owner Rob Reid says this
Posted on Oct. 9, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

Though several factors led him to close the business, Great Lakes RV’s owner, Rob Reid, said he’s excited to be back on the manufacturing and product development side of the industry at a time when it’s “booming.”

 Elkhart-based Skyline Corp. earlier this year closed this RV manufacturing plant on C.R. 15, along with one next door. EverGreen RV on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 announced it is buying Skyline's RV division.
Posted on Oct. 8, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

EverGreen says retaining existing Skyline employees will be a top priority. The future of Skyline’s manufactured housing division remains uncertain amid a takeover attempt by Cavco Industries.

 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced the porches on park model RVs like this one will be included in the square footage calculations. The change could force some to be classified as manufactured housing, effective on models that are built after April 1, 2015.
Posted on Oct. 8, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

A federal official recently announced a change in how some RVs will be classified. Industry officials worry the move opens the door for reclassifying even more types of recreational vehicles, which could ultimately hurt sales.

 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.
Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 6:06 a.m.

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.

 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.