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Verbatim: 250 new jobs coming to LaGrange County

TOPEKA, Ind. (Dec. 28, 2011) - DS Corp d/b/a Crossroads RV, a manufacturer of fifth-wheel and towable recreational vehicles, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 250 new jobs by 2014.

Topeka-headquartered Crossroads RV, a division of Thor Motor Coach, will invest $3.9 million to purchase land and construct a new 93,000 square-foot facility adjacent to the company's existing 45.3-acre campus in Topeka. The new facility will house the company's Cruiser product line and is expected to be operational in June.

"Indiana entered the recession making about half of all RVs, now we're making more than four out of five," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "That's what happens when businesses in a tough economy look hard to see which state has the best economic climate. Thanks to Crossroads RV for these jobs and their confidence in Indiana."

Crossroads RV currently employs more than 600 Hoosiers at its six plants in Topeka and Syracuse. The company plans to begin hiring additional administrative, manufacturing and maintenance associates early next year.

"The new plant will give us the needed flexibility to expand our Cruiser line of RVs," said Don Emahiser, president of Crossroads RV. "The workforce in Topeka is top-notch in our industry, and we are glad that we are able to expand at our home in this area."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered DS Corp d/b/a Crossroads RV up to $2.25 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Topeka will consider additional tax abatement at the request of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation.

"We are grateful for the investment by Crossroads RV into building a new facility in the town of Topeka," said Yvonne Eash, president of the Topeka Town Council. "Crossroads RV is a valued employer in our community and we are happy to support them in their growth."

Crossroads RV joins the growing list of RV manufacturers expanding their operations in the Hoosier State. Earlier this year, Lippert Components Manufacturing and Kinro Manufacturing announced plans to expand their RV production lines at their Goshen and Middlebury locations, creating up to 330 new jobs by 2012. Also, Cruiser RV announced it would grow its operations in LaGrange, adding up to 200 new jobs by 2014.

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