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Highline motorhome manufacturer Country Coach Inc. has agreed to purchase about 73.5 acres adjacent to its Junction City, Ore., manufacturing campus to expand its operations.
President Jay Howard said that with the purchase, Country Coach, a subsidiary of National RV Holdings Inc., Perris, Calif., has stopped looking outside of Junction City to build more manufacturing capacity.
“Though due diligence required us to review options outside Junction City, we are very pleased to have found a satisfactory solution here in our hometown,” Howard said.
The purchase is contingent on rezoning and adding the property to Junction City’s land-use plan, which will require city, county and state approval.
Meanwhile, negotiations with former Country Coach Chairman Bob Lee and his family to purchase up to 298,000 square feet of existing plant space have ended temporarily, according to company spokesperson Carol Taylor Clay.
“We still are entered into a lease with Bob’s property (until fall 2005),” she said. “It’s possible that it will be renegotiated.”
In July, Howard told the City Council the company might have to move out of Junction City if a local solution weren’t found to allow the company to expand.
At the time, Howard said the company intended to add 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the 440,000 square feet already in use.
Country Coach announced last week that it intended to hire 150 to 175 employees by the end of the year to keep up with demand for the its motorhomes.
“We are at 90% capacity at our current manufacturing facility,” Taylor Clay said.