The city of Goshen, Ind., will get state grant money to pay for extending a road and a water main so Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. could build a motorhome plant in Goshen, the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reports.
Goshen will get $150,000 from the Indiana Department of Commerce for the infrastructure extensions, the state agency announced Friday (May 30).
A portion of the money will be used to extend Century Drive 500 feet, and to extend a water main 600 feet, so Forest River could build a new 500,000-square-foot motorhome assembly plant on property south of where several of its factories, on the southeast side of Goshen, are located.
“The growth of Forest River’s business in recent years speaks volumes about the quality of product and service,” Indiana Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan said in a statement. “We are proud to support the company’s expansion and the creation of good Hoosier jobs by providing this grant.”
Jeff Harris, a spokesman for the Indiana commerce department, said Forest River plans to spend $3.98 million to purchase land, to upgrade equipment and to build the new plant and renovate two other facilities.
In addition to the motorhome plant, Forest River has acquired manufacturing properties in Elkhart that it is adapting for its use.
In addition to towable RVs and motorhomes, Forest River also builds aluminum pontoon boats, shuttle buses and other products.
“Working through the city (of Goshen), they (Forest River) applied for this grant,” Harris said.
In order to earn the grant, the company had to promise to create jobs, Harris said. Forest River estimates its expansion will create 116 new jobs.