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Oregon-based Big Country RV Inc., with operations in Bend and Redmond, is building a new 10,800-square-foot service center.

According to a report by the Bend Bulletin, the firm broke ground in July on the Redmond facility that will serve as a service center and parts department. President Gary Craven said the new center will include a wastewater dump site and propane sales area.

The new building will replace the Big Country’s current service center in north Redmond. “We need a bigger service center,” Craven said. “The big story is that the RV business is thriving. It’s really busy.”

Twenty-two people will be employed at the new facility. The firm employs about 80 in all. Inside, eight bays will provide room for technicians to work on RV bodies, interiors, hot-water heaters, lights, appliances and other features. The center will not service engines or drivetrains, Craven said.

Construction will cost just under $1 million and Craven expects to move the service operation there by March. The company also has a service center in Bend.

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