Elkhart County getting nearly 400 new jobs


A northern Indiana county that experienced the state's highest unemployment rate three years ago continues its rebound with nearly 400 new jobs expected to be created in the coming months.

The Elkhart Truth and The Goshen News report the Elkhart County Council gave final or preliminary approval to tax phase-ins to four companies seeking to expand in the county where the jobless rate topped out at nearly 19 percent in March 2009.

Recreational vehicle frame manufacturer Fortress Technologies LLC has agreed to hire 266 people over the next seven years in exchange for a property tax phase-in for new equipment at a plant site in Middlebury.

The council also has given preliminary approval to tax phase-ins for three other companies that promise to hire a total of 125 people.

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