Leaders of the RV industry whose collapse during the recession hit northern Indiana hard say they're expecting solid growth in the next 18 months.
The rebound is especially good news for Elkhart County, which employs more than 24,000 people in that industry.
The county saw its unemployment rate jump to nearly 19 percent in March of 2009 as factories shut down or scaled back operations.
That number has since dropped to just under 9 percent in June and shipments of RV’s for the first five months of 2012 are up nearly 9 percent over last year.
RV manufacturers have added hundreds of jobs over the past few years including the recent announcement that Forest River in Elkhart County plans to hire more than 440 workers by 2015.