Town Manager: Jobs Could Have Ripple Effect

Posted: Updated:
(Image courtesy of the town of LaGrange.) (Image courtesy of the town of LaGrange.)

A northeast Indiana town with a population under 2,700 has received a big economic boost. Up to 425 new recreational vehicle industry jobs are coming to LaGrange as part of a planned $6.7 million investment by Elkhart-based Forest River Manufacturing LLC. Town Manager Mark Eagleson says it will be the largest economic growth in at least 20 years.

He tells Inside INdiana Business the announcement means more than jobs. In addition to local businesses benefiting from the increased traffic of out-of-town employees heading to work, Eagleson believes the expansion offers an opportunity to showcase the community as "the gem that it is." He says "I think the other potential is some of the people that supply (Forest River) with parts and supplies -- as this continues to grow, as we hope it would -- you know, they may look at locating here to cut down on deliveries and some of that, as well, so I think it could spur additional growth on the industry end."

Dutch Housing, which employed hundreds of manufactured housing workers before pulling out eight years ago, was the last major tenant of the buildings.

At 3.2 percent in the most recent county-by-county unemployment data, LaGrange County is tied for eighth-lowest unemployment rate of 92 Indiana counties and Eagleson says it is a "huge win for the town," bringing jobs that are expected to pay a higher-than-average county wage.

Forest River was founded in the mid-1990s and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. It has operations in Goshen, Millersburg, Topeka, Middlebury and Wakarusa.

  • Perspectives

    • (photo courtesy of Conexus)

      Getting the Word Out About Manufacturing & Logistics

      As the epicenter of the nation’s advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, Indiana has a compelling story to tell about how Hoosier companies make and move the goods people depend on every day. Our goal is to ensure everyone hears these stories – many of which share a common theme focused on cutting-edge technologies that are transforming the way products are made and moved around the world and the people who use them. Conexus Indiana launched an...



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Historic Hospital to be Torn Down in Gary

      A building that once represented the racial divide in the city of Gary, but long provided health care to the African American community, will soon fall to a wrecking ball. The city says it intends to raze the long-abandoned St. John’s Hospital. 

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

      Red Bull to Discontinue Air Race World Championship

      The Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, originally scheduled for October, has been canceled as a result of Red Bull's decision to discontinue the Air Race World Championship following the 2019 season. The company says the races scheduled between June and September in Russia, Hungary and Japan will run as planned. 

    • On-Air

      Find out when and where you can watch and listen to our reports.

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.