October 2017

The 2017 Wage & Benefit Report is now available!
This year, Elkhart County teamed up with LaGrange County to complete the 2017 Wage & Benefit Report.  Thank you to all 83 companies who participated this year.  The full report is detailed with over 100 job positions from the CEO of a company to housekeeping. 
Benefit information covers health insurance plans/costs, time off, retirement plans, financial incentives, production bonus and training opportunities.  For those who did not participate in the survey, a full report is available in PDF version to purchase for $99.  To purchase, please contact Denise Hoke by calling 574-293-5627 or emailing .  
Attached is information extracted from the 2017 Wage & Benefit Report to create our Summary.  Download PDF
If you would like to participate in the 2018 Wage & Benefit Survey and receive a complimentary full report, contact Denise Hoke at and she will add you to the list of contacts to receive an email in April 2018.

Elkhart County Manufacturing Days

Elkhart County, Indiana - Starting Monday, October 2 and continuing through Wednesday, October 11, the second annual Elkhart County Manufacturing Days will provide approximately 1922 8 th grade students the opportunity to visit local manufacturers to explore the diverse education and career path ways available today in manufacturing. Founded in 2012, Manufacturing Day is a nationwide annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite students and educators to visit their operations in a collective effort to showcase manufacturing career opportunities, technological advances and to improve public perceptions of modern manufacturing. This year, all ten middle schools in Elkhart County are participating in this event, including, Bethany, Concord, Fairfield, Goshen, Jim town, North Side, Northridge, Northwood, Pierre Moran, and West Side.  This explosive growth of this event spurred the creation of a new curriculum collaboratively created by Elkhart County school's representatives for the student's continued education of the Manufacturing Industry.  Parent Events will also be held throughout Elkhart County after the company visits in October at each of the participating middle schools.  The Parent Events will provide the opportunity to educate parent and families on the diverse career and financial opportunities available in Elkhart County's manufacturing facilities.  

MFG Week is an opportunity to:

* Learn the truth about manufacturing and manufacturing careers
* Inspire a new generation of manufacturers 
* Learn what is being made in our community
* Encourage entrepreneurship and inspire creativity

One of the main challenges facing manufacturers today is a growing gap in skilled labor:
* 84% of executives surveyed agree there is a talent shortage in U.S. manufacturing*
* Six out of ten open skilled production positions are unfilled due to this talent shortage*
* Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 
   Million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap*
Students need to know:

* Manufacturers have the highest tenure in the private sector.* (National Manufacturer's Association) 
* The annual average salary of manufacturing workers I more than $77,000* (National Manufacturer's Association)
* 90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.* (National Manufacturer's Association)
* There are many career opportunities within manufacturing - including human resources, accounting, purchasing, logistics, and more!
   This year National Manufacturing Day is Friday, October 6. On this day, manufacturers from across the country will open their doors to those interested in learning about what truly goes on in progressive manufacturing industries, and the great opportunities that are available throughout the industry. Elkhart Manufacturing Week 2017 is  facilitated and funded through the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Horizon Education Alliance (HEA), with significant financial support from Chemical Bank, Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Insight Accounting, Key Bank, Monogram Foods, and Thor Industries.  Additional sponsors include: ABC 57, American Countryside Farmer's Market, Burkhart Advertising, The Center Six One Five, Dal-mar Catering TLH Inc, Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Hawkins Water, Krogers, Maple City Printing, Martin's Supermarket, Matterhorn Catering, MSC Industrial Supply, Nelson's Chicken and Catering, Paragon Printing, RV/MH Hall of Fame, Smoker Craft Inc, and the Spohn Ballroom. 
The following manufacturers and supporting organizations will host tours:
Alpha Systems
Aluminum Trailer Company
Bearcat Corporation
Benteler Automotive
Challenger Door
Commodore Homes
Creative Bus Sales
Dexter Axle
Dynamic Metals
Elkhart Plastics
Genesis Products
Goshen Stamping
Hoosier Crane
Indiana Plastics
J&N Stone
Kem Krest
KIB Electronics
KIK Custom Products
Kobelco Compressors
Kountry Wood Products
L & W Engineering
Lippert Components
Lycro Products
MasterBrand Cabinets
MORryde International
Northern Indiana Axle
Patrick Industries
Robert Weed Plywood
Satellite Industries   
Shield Restraint Systems
Smoker Craft
Southwest Welding
Stair Supplies
Thor Motor Coach
Universal Trailer
Veada Industries
Vista Manufacturing
Welch Packaging
Wieland Designs
Manufacturing Week is a unique event which focuses on educating the youth in our county on the opportunities available to them within the manufacturing industry.  If you would like to learn more about National Manufacturing Day and the events nationwide, you can also visit  
The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County is a not-for-profit economic organization serving the community with the cities, towns, chambers of commerce, investor partners, and businesses of Elkhart County, Indiana.  We are known as the "Concierge to Elkhart County Industry". Our primary objectives are the retention and expansion of local businesses, attraction of new businesses to Elkhart County, and local entrepreneurial development.

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