ELKHART COUNTY, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) will stop at five RV manufacturing companies today in Elkhart County to tour facilities and hear important updates about issues affecting the industry. Accompanied by Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, and Matt Rose, IMHA-RVIC Director of Recreation Vehicles, Walorski learned about new products, rebranding, and industry developments contributing to economic growth in the “RV Capital of the World.”
“Elkhart County leads the nation in RV production, and I applaud our hardworking Hoosiers for constantly making new products and spearheading innovative technologies to improve the industry and create more Hoosier jobs,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I will remain focused on protecting this niche market, especially by reducing red tape in Washington and rolling back costly regulations that prevent the industry from reaching its full potential.”
According to the RV Industry Association, 83 percent of North American recreational vehicles are built in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties. Over the past 15 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has reported roughly half of Elkhart County’s workforce is employed by manufacturing jobs, with a significant amount covered by RV manufacturers and suppliers. While the industry took a devastating hit during the recession, Indiana continues to restore and expand a wide spectrum of recreation vehicle products and components—working closely with international companies in Canada.
“RV manufacturing continues to employ a host of Elkhart County Hoosiers, and as we strive to strengthen the local economy it is critical we keep lawmakers informed of our needs and issues. We appreciate Rep. Walorski taking a close look at each of these companies and look forward to continuing our working relationship while she serves the Second District,” said Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council.
Throughout the day, Congresswoman Walorski will stop at NeXus RV, KOA Middlebury, Jayco, L&W Engineering, and Kropf Industries, all located in Elkhart County.