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As they prepare to expand their recreational vehicle draperies business, Jim and Jan Mellott can thank Jan’s restlessness 35 years ago for getting it all started.

Like many Elkhart-based RV industry suppliers, Northwest Interiors, which makes draperies, pillows, shams and bedspreads for RVs, is finding it must grow to keep pace with surging demand.

The Mellotts plan to break ground soon on an addition that will increase the square footage of their 205 Pine Creek Court plant by about 50%.

They built their current 24,000-square-foot facility in 2005 after outgrowing two buildings. It will grow to 36,000 square feet with this $300,000 expansion. They don’t know when their contractor will be able to start construction.

“You can imagine, production of buildings is starting to crank up because of what the economy is doing,” he said.

Northwest Interiors competes with about five companies locally — some bigger, some smaller.

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