The Board of Directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation has completed the acquisition of land for the new RV/MH Hall of Fame and Convention Center in Elkhart, Ind.
The property is along the south side of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80–90), adjacent to Elkhart East Exit 96.
The deal was closed on Oct. 31. Terms were not revealed.
The proposed facility will replace the current hall of fame located south of downtown Elkhart.
It will include more display space and more room to honor hall of fame inductees. It also will have separate halls for exhibits of RVs, manufactured homes, supplier components and an archive of industry-related literature and photos.
Additionally, a 10,000-square-foot conference center for industry meetings and corporate events is included in the plans.
The capital campaign, headed by Winnebago Industries Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Bruce Hertzke, has already received nearly $5 million in pledges including gifts of $1 million each from Winnebago and manufactured home builder Champion Enterprises Inc.
The campaign will continue through the completion of the project. For information, contact the foundation at 800-378-8694 or write to RV/MH Heritage Foundation at 801 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516.
A related campaign to endow the operation of the new facility was launched with a gift of $2 million from Roger and Waneta Reynolds of Chicago and St. Petersburg, Fla. Roger Reynolds was director of standards for a manufactured housing industry association during the late 1950s and early 60s and he wrote the original ANSI standards for the industry.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame, founded in 1972, honors individuals whom made lasting contributions to the development of the RV and manufactured housing industries and provides an archive to preserve the history and display the growth of technology in both industries.