The Coachmen RV Co. (CRV) subsidiary of Coachmen Industries Inc. might double the size of its work force in Fitzgerald, Ga., as a result of the expansion program that recently started in the South Georgia community, according to The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Coachmen, which has operated in Fitzgerald for 32 years, recently entered into a lease-purchase agreement to acquire a 100,000-square-foot building that had been used until recently by a manufacturer of children’s sleepware.
The 100,000-square-foot building is three miles from Coachmen’s existing 50,000-square-foot plant in Fitzgerald, which will remain in production after the new plant goes into operation around June 1, said Lawton Tinley, vice president and general manager of CRV Southeast.
CRV recently added 13 more employees in Fitzgerald, bringing its total employment to 175. And Tinley told the newspaper that CRV anticipates hiring another 175 workers “over a number of years.”
CRV currently has “several hundred” job applications on file and it is not accepting any more at this time, The Telegraph reported.
Average pay for production workers is about $28,000 a year, the newspaper added.
Fitzgerald officials are enthusiastic about CRV expanding in their community because the a 150-employee manufactured-home plant closed in December and the former children’s sleepware company also employed about 150 people.
CRV announced last month it decided to expand in Fitzgerald so it could produce all nine of its Coachmen- and Shasta-brand travel trailers and fifth-wheels in Georgia. Currently, it can produce only four of the lines in the 50,000-square-foot building in Ftizgerald.
CRV also began construction last month on a 127,000-square-foot Class C motorhome assembly plant in Middlebury, Ind. The Class C plant, which will be CRV’s largest, is expected to become operational in early August.