With the sounds of drilling, hammering and sawing in the background, the first trailer has rolled out of Forest River’s new Hemet, Calif., manufacturing plant.

The Press Enterprise reported that Unit 1, a Salem Cruise Lite model, was completed Tuesday (March 24), about a week after manufacturing started at the former Skyline RV factory on Mayberry Avenue. Forest River recently moved to the site and will be manufacturing a variety of trailers there.

When the factory is up to full speed, it will take just two working days to complete a trailer, plant manager Jeff Burian said.

Forest River has hired 80 employes, with hopes to more than double that.

“We’re here to employee people,” General Manager Ty Miller said.

Salaries start at $10 to $12 per hour, and employees will be able to earn more based on production.

The plant is a boon to Hemet, which was hit harder than most by the recession and has been slower to recover. As of February, the city’s unemployment rate of 9.6% was significantly higher than Riverside County’s overall rate of 6.9%.

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