The Fleetwood facility years before its 2008 closure.

The Fleetwood facility years before its 2008 closure.

After years of speculation, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed Thursday (June 18) that Great Dane will be establishing a semitrailer manufacturing facility at the former Fleetwood RV complex in Ralpho Township, the News Item reported.

“I am thrilled to recognize 150 new manufacturing jobs coming to Northumberland County. Through Great Dane’s expansion, a long-vacant manufacturing facility will be put back into productive use,” Wolf was quoted in a press release.

Great Dane plans to invest $11 million at the site, and has also committed to create at least 150 new jobs and retain 438 existing positions over the next three years, the press release said.

David Grant, director of marketing for Great Dane, said the majority of new positions would be on the plant’s production line with pay rates between $12 and $17 per hour.

In August 2013, CC Industries (CCI) Inc., a parent company to Great Dane, purchased the 73-acre site, which was formerly home to Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., an RV manufacturer.

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