Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial by the Goshen News applauding Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s recent trip to Elkhart County and his recognition of the RV industry’s significance in the state’s economic recovery.
Gov. Mike Pence has been the leading cheerleader for the Indiana economic recovery, and this year he has had a lot to shout about.
Pence brought his good news tour to Elkhart County last week to help locals point out how the area has put the 2008-09 recession far behind and is now a leading county in the creation of manufacturing jobs.
Such expansions are occurring routinely in the local RV companies. Earlier this year Jayco opened its equally large and impressive Entegra motorhome plant and Dutchmen Manufacturing of Goshen announced Tuesday it would be expanding its RV production in the former Redwood plant on the north side of Syracuse. RV suppliers are also adding jobs and facilities.
This continued expansion of our local manufacturing plants is boosting the local economy at all levels. An example is the rise in home sales in Elkhart County and higher prices paid for houses.
The Multiple Listing Service of Elkhart County reported that in June 230 houses were sold compared to 220 in June 2014. The June 2015 average sale price was $144,699, up from $129,752 in June 2014. And the average length of time a home was on the market dropped to just 62 days in June, down from 79 days in June 2015.
These numbers suggest that as more jobs are created and families have stable incomes, they are investing in homes.
Economic growth and stability is what every community across the nation desires. People have come to realize that their local economy is a very important factor in their lives, because when the local economy is doing well, schools, churches, charitable organizations and local retailers thrive. When the local economy is on the skids, every person and institution suffers.
Gov. Pence summed up the situation well when he told the crowd at Keystone, “We all remember 2009, we all remember those dark days and the 20 percent unemployment. And to see the growth and prosperity that has come back to this region is a testimony to the character, the determination and the faith of a community that would not stand idly by and demanded that the best is yet to come for this industry, this community and this state.”
Gov. Pence is right. Many people never lost faith in our communities, especially the owners of RV companies. We are very grateful that these owners have continued to invest their money in Elkhart County. Their desire may be to build more RVs to meet demand, but we also know they are very aware that their financial commitments are building all of us a better community.