Fleetwood RV is in the process of hiring 120 to 150 workers for its new 140,000-square-foot state-of-the-art paint facility in Paxinos, Pa., according to an article in The News Item.
“We are hiring people. We need people,” said Frank Nowicki, operations general manager at the Paxinos manufacturing plant. “We’re bringing in 25 to 30 people every two weeks.”
During an interview prior to a grand opening ceremony Tuesday (Aug. 3), Nowkicki said the company plans to increase its total number of associates from 633 to roughly 800.
“What I see in a couple years from now is more than 1,000 (employees),” Nowicki said.
The new paint facility gives the Paxinos plant the ability to perform full-body paint applications. Ed Caudill, Fleetwood president and CEO, said that new capability allows for the production of diesel motorhomes.
Various positions need to be filled, including welders, painters, assemblers, material handlers, plumbers and electricians. Nowicki said wages are above average for the area.
The Paxinos addition brings Fleetwood’s total square footage to 340,000, with room to further expand in the future. Enough ground was prepared to add another building of the same size behind the paint shop, Nowicki said. That addition would bring the entire facility to nearly 500,000 square feet.
A similar facility opened in Riverside, Calif., where the company’s headquarters are located. Both paint facilities feature several technological advances and environmentally friendly equipment as a result of Fleetwood’s partnership with DuPont Performance Coatings.
The new paint shop works with in excess of 40 colors for two different lines of motor homes — full-body paint and paint and graphics. Of the nine product lines Fleetwood makes, three take full-body paint.
Fleetwood first came to Paxinos in 1973, and Nowicki said its employees have been the reason the company has made such a large commitment.