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Fri Jul 29, 2016
A two-acre spot in prime position at the Elkhart Open House remains vacant for any manufacturer to take, according to Northland Corporation, the property owner and developer of all the spots for the Open House.
Rob Letherman, the Vice President of Northland Corporation says the space is right at the entry onto Executive Parkway, or as Northland likes to call it, “the gauntlet.”
“It’s just north of Grand Design and west of Little Guy, right at the entry onto Executive Parkway,” Letherman says.
The space was previously reserved for Evergreen RV, but the former Middlebury RV manufacturer went out of business in June after financial problems hit the surface and the company wasn’t able to get the backing it was searching for.
Letherman says one manufacturer has been in talks with Northland to purchase the north half of the space, but the agreement hasn’t been made official yet. In order to make the official map and be on the press releases, manufacturers must have their spaces reserved no later than Aug. 10.
“They’re running out of time,” Letherman says. “I’ve got to have commitments and final maps done by the 10th of August. Anybody that comes in afterward wouldn’t be included in any press releases or on the map and would likely end up on County Road Six.”
In addition to the vacant space on Executive Parkway, there are still some spots available on County Road Six which are still pretty good size, Letherman says. But it comes down to the fact that location is everything in the event.
“You’re either in the action or you’re not,” he says.
Manufacturers who reserved a spot but want to upgrade to the vacant space on Executive Parkway also can go for that option, Letherman says, but it could cost a little bit extra than what they previously paid.
Any manufacturer that still doesn’t have a spot for the Open House and would like to get one just needs to call Letherman and find out about the spots available. He says the pricing is very competitive with other RV trade shows and the spaces are bigger.
“Pricing remains pretty consistent,” he says. “I will say this: It’s far less than what Hershey or Louisville are charging. And it’s 10 times the amount of space.”
To find out about any vacant spots at Open House, call Northland Corporation and speak to Letherman at 574-262-2576.