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Loans continue to elude small businesses

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- In the Miami area, though a dozen new lenders arrived on the scene, about 100 lenders actively doling out loans in 2008 didn't make a single loan last fiscal year. The total volume of bank SBA loans throughout the district plummeted 43 percent to $466.8 million. Bank of America, long the top SBA lender, made only 31 startup loans in the district totaling $3 million last fiscal year, down a whopping 86 percent. Read More »

Country Coach loses $8 million since April

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- After shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, Country Coach re-opened in April with high hopes and a smaller staff. As CFO Mark Andersen testified in a bankruptcy hearing Thursday, the company has lost almost $8 million since then. The company also failed to meet sales and production goals set at that time. The company hoped to sell 30 coaches by now, but only 19 have been sold. Country Coach shut down production in early September. Read More »

Michiana job market could be bouncing back

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- A LaGrange County RV company is looking to hire. After a tough year, Crossroads in Topeka is hiring 125 new workers. The company has turned a corner, changing its ways after the bigger, less eco-friendly RVs of the past fell out of favor due to high gas prices. They're now making smaller, lighter RVs, and demand is on the way up. Read More »

Illinois convenes first Conservation Congress in six years

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- About 140 participants representing outdoor recreation, conservation, education and environmental groups spent the first day of the two-day conference at DNR headquarters in Springfield listening to status updates from agency administrators. They also reviewed a survey that asked for views on issues like natural resources funding, recreational access and getting more children outdoors. Read More »

Plans fall through to build Chinese cars at Winnebago plant

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- Bob Smith, a South Carolina importer who wants to sell Shuanghuan Noble automobiles as early as January, said that earlier this year he explored the possibility of assembling imported car parts at the Winnebago Industries factory in Forest City. Smith said the project would have created "4,000 to 5,000 jobs in the next few years" at Winnebago. Read More »

Flexsteel selects Nesterwood to optimize furniture production

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- Nesterwood Rolling Nest software automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from one or more orders on multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in material yields that are consistently higher than any other solution. Material yield improvements of 8 to 12 percent are expected once the solution is fully implemented. Read More »

Maryland RV dealer gathers bras in support of breast cancer research

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- Bras, new and slightly used, collected and brought in by people seeking to do their part to support breast cancer research. Local radio station 99.9 WFRE and Triangle RV World began collecting bras Oct. 1 for the "Bras for the Cause" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month event they organized. Each bra tallied will be matched by a dollar donation from RV World. Read More »

Shipments up 13 percent over September 2008

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- In what is probably the best news to hit the RV industry this year, figures released today by the RV Industry Association show that total shipments rose 13 percent in September, compared to 2008 figures. Read More »

A seismic shift in attitude detected at California RV show

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- According to figures released today by the RV Industry Association, which sponsored the show, a total of 19,194 people attended this year’s event – a 9.1 percent decline from the 21,123 people who attended in 2008 and off 43 percent from 2007’s 33,656 attendees. However, many people noted that buyer attitudes were markedly improved over last year as consumers appeared to be gaining confidence that the worst of the economic situation was behind them. Read More »

RV sales reported up in Florida

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- Higher sale volumes show the economy is recovering, and people are more confident, he said. “All indications are that traffic has been good and that people are finally starting to open their wallets,” Kelly said. The difference is dealerships are starting to order inventory. RV Connections is ordering new inventory for the first time in a year and a half. Read More »

Cummins powers community involvement in China

(Oct. 23, 2009) -- Cummins China employees have organized 27 community involvement teams in provinces and administrative areas across China. In 2008, some 3,380 Cummins workers participated in more than 50 local projects throughout China, including painting classrooms, supporting a children's shelter, building libraries and developing junior achievement programs. Read More »