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Forest River’s latest expansion project, which includes the construction of seven new production facilities and the development of 200 acres at its manufacturing complex in Goshen, Ind., will cost $20 million and add around 600 employees by spring.
According to an article in the South Bend Tribune, once the project is complete, Forest River of Elkhart will have 18 plants in Goshen and 75 plants across the country.
“It better pay off, or we’ll wish we never did it,” said Pete Liegl, president and CEO of the company he founded in 1996. “But then again, we need (the facilities).”
He said the company is on track to annually sell $2 billion in products in the next several years. In addition to a full line of RVs, Forest River also manufactures park trailers, shuttle buses, cargo trailers, pontoon boats and modular housing.
Three of the plants, which are scheduled to be operational by the end of January, will be used to expand production capacity of existing travel-trailer and fifth-wheel lines.
Three of the four other plants, which are scheduled to be finished between February and April, will be used for new products. The seventh will be used primarily to centralize Forest River’s predelivery inspection operation.
Liegl said there would still be 10 additional plots on the 200-acre parcel, which eventually would be used to expand Forest River’s modular home operations.