A business expansion that was supposed to be the largest economic development project to ever come to the Village of White Pigeon, Mich., is a fraction of what was announced two years ago, according to a report by MLive.com.
Forest River Inc.’s expansion into the village that converts 80 acres of farmland in southern St. Joseph County into a production center has resulted in the construction of a 100,000-square-foot structure that employs an estimated 80 people.
But a village official said those people are primarily workers transferred with a production line from the recreational vehicle maker’s operation in Centreville, Mich., rather than people from the White Pigeon area who were hired to fill newly created jobs. And that is about one-fifth of the 396 people that the Elkhart County, Ind.-based recreational vehicle company promised to put to work over a three-year period.
The production center in White Pigeon was up and running by January 2016.
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