Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. has begun construction on a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Middlebury, Ind., that will replace the towable builder’s first production plant.
“We have been looking to move operations from the old plant for quite some time,” said Marketing Manager Joe Hosinski, noting the 35,000-square-foot facility dates back to 1989. “All 100 workers from the current Middlebury facility will be moved to the new plant once it’s completed.”
Hosinski added, “Right now, we are planning to add around 50 employees. But the plant is designed to allow for additional capacity and space if needed.”
The manufacturing facility – the fourth new plant in the last three years for Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen – is scheduled to be operational in July. The company is a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio.
“We’ll use the new plant for production of our ‘stick and tin’ Four Winds and Dutchmen travel trailers and fifth-wheels,” Hosinski said. “Both are high volume lines and represent Dutchmen’s core product.”
Hosinski said the industry was currently experiencing “a healthy business environment,” dictating Dutchmen’s need to increase capacity.
“We’re coming off a strong 2004 and we had nice January sales,” he said.
The project is an extension of Dutchmen’s recent growth spurt. In the past three years, the company added a plant dedicated to production of its Colorado towable line along with a lamination facility, an inspection plant and a new corporate headquarters building in Goshen.
The expansion follows announced plans by Keystone RV Co. – also a Thor company based in Goshen – to add 300 employees.
“Thor always backs us up when we need to expand,” Hosinski said.