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Developer Leroy Troyer wants to bring attractions like the Subtropical Swimming Paradise of Elveden Forest in Suffolk, England (above), to Elkhart, Ind.
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March 12, 2010 If you build it, they will swim — that's the vision of Elkhart, Ind., where nearly 1 in every 5 people was unemployed a year ago. Situated close to Chicago and Indianapolis, the town is a few hours' drive for 35 million people. So Elkhart is exploring the idea of building a type of tropical resort popular in cold climates in Europe, such as this one in England.
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An employee cleans sections of a trumpet at Conn-Selmers' Vincent Bach division in Elkhart, Ind. The company produces a well-known brand of trumpets and trombones.
March 11, 2010 Dozens of band instrument makers used to be part of the local economy in Elkhart, Ind. But since the city was battered by the economy, only three major companies remain. One says it will manufacture instruments only in the U.S. — and it will hire new workers to grow the business and regain market share.
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The assembly of the Think City car could employ up to 415 new workers in the coming years at the once abandoned Phillips Industries plant.
Courtesy of Think
March 11, 2010 Elkhart, Ind., is known as the RV-making capital of the world. The mayor wants to claim a new title: the electric vehicle capital of the world. Stimulus grants and other incentives are attracting companies planning to build electric vehicles to Elkhart. It's hoped the new business will fill the void created by a serious slump in recreational vehicle sales.
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