Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial appearing in Sunday’s (May 25) Elkhart Truth applauding Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s promotion of Hoosier-built RVs during a conference in Beijing.
Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels drove a recreational vehicle made in Elkhart County during his time in office.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s recent trip to China is likely to benefit the RV industry a lot more.
While Daniels had RV One from Monaco Coach Corp. to take throughout the state, Pence is trying to pave the way for the RV industry to take hold in China.
At the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Pence and representatives from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) hosted a reception May 12 featuring three travel trailers and a motorhome built in Indiana.
Pence asked for lowering import duties and taxes to make it easier for Midwestern-made RVs to make their way to Asia.
Making an RV isn’t rocket science, but we do it better in Elkhart County than anywhere else in the world. Nearly 60% of Elkhart County employees at the top 20 companies work in the industry. A majority of the recreational vehicles made in the United States are put together in Elkhart County and shipped elsewhere.
A year ago, getting an RV to other parts of North America was a problem, but it’s gotten better, according to Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River Inc.
Getting one to China is a bigger effort, but one worth exploring because of the potentially huge reward.
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