Starcraft RV announces changes

MIDDLEBURY — Starcraft has announced improvements in production and the appointment of a new general manager.

Brion Brady, former general manager of Entegra Coach, will bring his 15-plus years of industry experience along with his recent success from motorhomes to both Starcraft and Highland Ridge as the new general manager for those divisions.

In addition, the company announced plans that will bring major upgrades in operations for the Starcraft brand. After over 50 years of manufacturing Starcraft RVs out of manufacturing facilities in Topeka, the company is moving production to newer facilities on its Middlebury and Shipshewana campuses. This move will be a major upgrade in operations, including newer equipment, better efficiencies and a more intuitive workflow.

“We are extremely excited to move into the newer facilities. The larger, more modern space will allow us to continue delivering highly-innovative and quality products to our customers and provide an improved work environment to our employees,” said Brion Brady, general manager Starcraft and Highland Ridge.

“Making the move from Topeka to the newer facilities is a good strategic move for Starcraft,” said Derald Bontrager, president and CEO. “Not only will it increase Starcraft’s manufacturing capacity, but it will also help the Starcraft brand grow in a very competitive market.”

Starcraft is in development of several new units and floorplans for model year 2020. The new line of campers are expected to come off the new production lines this summer.

Thompson named partner at Insight

GOSHEN — Insight Accounting Group PC has announced the addition of Danielle Thompson as partner at Insight Accounting Group.

Thompson joined the Insight team in 2010 after 15 years at a national firm. During her time at Insight, she has used her skills in financial reporting, tax preparation and corporate controller expertise to enhance the client services of the firm.

A 1995 graduate of Goshen College, Thompson serves as a director on the Greencroft Communities board and serves as the chair of the Audit and Investment Committee. A member of the Goshen Rotary Club, she serves on the board of directors and is president-elect for 2020.

Future Sales hires Atwood 

ELKHART — Future Sales Inc (FSi) has announced the hiring of Josh Atwood in the position of Business Development Engineer.

In his new role, Atwood will be responsible for strengthening internal engineering practices and processes at FSi while improving relationships with OEM’s through engineering support. In a continued effort to bring innovative solutions to the industry, FSi has tasked Atwood with leading a team in the design and installations of solar and lithium battery solutions at the OEM level. As an integral part of the FSi team, he will be working to identify high-value and new product development opportunities.

A Purdue Engineering graduate, Atwood was most recently employed at Utilimaster Corp. as a senior application engineer, where he headed up engineering in the Specialty Service Vehicles division. This job consisted of building customized work truck solutions by first visiting client locations for field research and then working with internal teams to design, build and implement into production.

Founded in 2001, Future Sales Inc. operates from its warehouse space of 45,000-plus square feet and corporate office located in Elkhart. Positioned in the heart of the “RV Capital of America” and with over 100 years of combined relational sales experience, FSi is a viable source and supplier for the recreational vehicle industry.

Goshen Chamber wins awards

GOSHEN — The Goshen Chamber of Commerce has been named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program, in two categories, presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fifth year. These entries highlight some of the freshest and most innovative marketing and communications work coming from ACCE member organizations of all types and sizes.

The Goshen Chamber of Commerce received two Awards of Excellence in the Campaign and Digital categories. In the Campaign category, the Goshen Chamber was recognized for their Design & Brand Touchpoint marketing material. In the Digital category, the Goshen Chamber was recognized for their weekly “Walk and Talk with the Chamber” facebook live series.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition for the Goshen Chamber and the work we do for the Goshen business community. Credit goes to the Board of Directors of the Goshen Chamber for their guidance and leadership. Their support and vision for the Goshen Chamber is contagious, and these awards represent their passion for the Goshen business community,” stated Nick Kieffer, President and CEO of the Goshen Chamber.

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from six U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category – based on the chamber’s annual budget – and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 160 entries submitted in 2019, judges recognized 10 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 15 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Long Beach, California.

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