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Ownership change for Elkhart County RV maker Newmar Corporation

ELKHART COUNTY (Inside INdiana Business) — Nappanee-based recreational vehicle manufacturer Newmar Corp. is now under new ownership. Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE: WGO), an Iowa-based RV maker, has completed the acquisition in a deal valued at $270 million in cash plus two million shares of Winnebago common stock.

The deal was first announced in September.

“The acquisition of Newmar further strengthens our core RV Platform and enhances the scale and profitability of our overall motorhome business,” said Winnebago Industries President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe.

Winnebago already has a plant in Elkhart County. It opened its Winnebago Towables facility in Middlebury in 2015 and broke ground on a major expansion of the plant in 2018.

In 2016, Winnebago purchased Grand Design RV Co., also in Middlebury, for $500 million in cash and shares.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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