TOPEKA – More people know what it's like to be out of a job in LaGrange County than most others in the state. At one point during the recession the unemployment rate hit 14.9 percent – the second highest jobless rate in Indiana. But things have been improving, and on Wednesday there was a major announcement in the town of Topeka bringing even more hope.
“It will be a great addition to the town of Topeka,” said Ron Eash, town manager.
Word began filtering through Topeka Wednesday morning about expansion plans at the Crossroads RV operation there. A new 93,000 square foot production facility going up at the existing campus, along with new equipment to expand production of towable RV's.
The company says it could lead to 250 more jobs by 2014.
Several sites were in the mix.
“It came down to three different locations,” said Eash. “They were looking at Topeka, Syracuse, and possibly going west.