BUSINESS BRIEFS: Pontoon boat company opens


Pontoon boat company begins production

Barletta Pontoon Boats, a new pontoon boat company, launched its new product line Jan. 10. Bill Fenech is the president and co-owner.

The company participated in the Chicago Boat, RV Sail Show and the Minneapolis Boat Show, where it received the National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award for the pontoon boat category.

“Retail and dealer response to the Barletta L-Class pontoon boats has simply been overwhelming,” said Jeff Haradine, vice president of sales. “As a start-up company, you expect to bring your product to market, and then come back to the drawing board on items where you may have fallen short of expectations. That list has been surprisingly, and pleasantly, short … we are full steam ahead with our dealer fulfillment plans.”

Barletta has filled positions in its welding, fabrication and assembly departments to meet current demand, but expects to continue hiring to meet future demand.


Cardinal buses receives Vision Award

Cardinal Buses, headquartered in Middlebury, with facilities in Mishawaka and Holland, Michigan, has received the United Motor Coach Association’s Vision Award for large fleet operators.

According to the company, UMA asks its members and associate members to submit nominations of outstanding motorcoach operators. The award was presented in January during the organization’s annual banquet and expo in San Antonio, Texas.

The Vision Award recognizes companies who for having sound business practices, excellent safety records, innovative marketing and operations, are good corporate citizens and raise the standards for motorcoach businesses and the industry.

Dan Shoup, vice president of Cardinal, said, “It was a great honor for us to receive this Vision Award through UMA. By focusing on our customer’s vision of what an excellent travel experience should be, we are able to create our own Cardinal Buses Vision and set our standards of excellence to uphold for our customers.”


Monthly luncheon to feature Westview

The monthly luncheon of the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Black Anvil Media, will take place Thursday at All Occasions Banquet Event Hall, 204 N. Detroit St.

The program will be “Westview Ready” given by Taylor Stidham, Westview School Corp’s college and career pathways liaison.

For reservations phone the Chamber at 260-463-2443 or email


Food operation closed by health department

The Elkhart County Health Department reported it closed the hot food operation inside the JB Express Mart, 290 W. Hively Ave. Thursday due to managers not following department inspection and permitting procedures.

The department said in a statement that the business owned by Sandeep Singh, reportedly was operating without a plan review and approval prior to an increase in food handling procedures, menu change and installation of new cooking equipment; not having a health department inspection; and not having a valid full service food license.

The department said the market has a limited food license and will only be allowed to sell pre-packaged food until fees are paid and the plan review and license upgrade are completed. In addition, the market will have to pass fire and city of Elkhart inspections.

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