The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation is excited to announce the sale of 64.40 acres at Fawn River Crossing Industrial Park in Howe to Heartland RV, a subsidiary of Thor Industries. On January 1, 2016, Heartland RV plans to break ground on a 52,200 square foot state-of-the-art RV service center, warehouse and executive office space on a portion of the property directly adjacent to the Indiana Toll Road. The project will create at least 15 new jobs.
Heartland RV is a leader in the RV manufacturing industry, offering diverse products such as the Landmark, Bighorn, Sundance, Trail Runner and toy hauler, Cyclone. The company prides itself on offering superior products at affordable prices, while continually exploring opportunities to expand the product line. With economic and industry experts forecasting significant growth in RV sales in the next 15 to 20 years, the plans at Fawn River Industrial Park in Howe become a critical component of a long-term expansion strategy.
Larry Miller, President of the LaGrange County Commissioners and a member of the LaGrange County EDC Board is very encouraged by the recent developments. “It’s impossible to deny the economic development momentum building in LaGrange County, and this project is a strong indication of that. Heartland RV’s purchase of the remaining land at Fawn River Crossing Industrial Park is particularly meaningful as it took many years of planning, land preparation, marketing and significant public investment to make it possible,” he said. “This project should send a strong message to other companies that LaGrange County is open for business.”
“The commitment by Heartland RV and Thor Industries to the LaGrange County community demonstrates tremendous progress. The new jobs and capital investment are alone a reason to celebrate. However and perhaps more significant, the vision and investment by the LaGrange County Commissioners and Council members over the course of more than nine years are paying dividends. For the first time in approximately five years, we can proudly say that all of Fawn River Crossing Industrial Park is privately-owned and back on the County tax rolls,” said Ryne Krock, President and CEO of the LaGrange County EDC. “We are encouraged by this project and potentially additional development by Heartland RV in LaGrange County in the future.”
Heartland RV’s plans received approval from the LaGrange County Plan Commission at a special meeting held on December 18, 2015. The project is already underway and officials expect to complete construction in late-Spring. The new facility will be fully-staffed and operational by June 1, 2016.
About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com or call at 260.499.4994.