There’s probably no better example today of how RV industry suppliers are contributing to — and benefiting from — the RV arena’s ongoing, seven-year growth spurt than Elkhart, Ind.-based Genesis Products. The 525-employee, seven-facility firm, which specializes in laminated panels and interior components, is launching construction in March of a 200,000-square-foot corporate center on the southwest side of Goshen, Ind.
“We’re breaking ground in mid-to-late March on a 200,000-square-foot plant, which will be our largest facility and also serve as the corporate office for the company,” said President and CEO Jon Wenger, whose firm is also completing work on a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its Goshen profile wrapping plant. “Our new plant is the largest expansion that we’ve ever done and will be used for panel production, the core of our business. It’s the product we started with and remains our largest product line. We’ll add a new line and consolidate all of our lamination in Goshen at that facility.
“We’ll have rail access there, which is exciting for us with wood products. Being able to bring product in on rails is a great added-value proposition for our customers,” noted Wenger, a co-founder and part-owner of the 15-year-old firm. “We’ll be in the heart of Elkhart County with easy access for freight delivery to all of our customers. We’re pretty excited about it and our targeted completion time is the end of September.”
An OEM-exclusive supplier, Genesis derives about 75% of its annual revenues from the RV sector and the rest from kitchen cabinets, residential furniture and retail and office furniture clients. Although the bulk of its annual production is still comprised of wood, plywood or particle board components, Genesis has extended its reach in the last couple of years into custom-designed nonwood composites, and molded and panel products due in part to its 2015 acquisition of Wellformed Materials, an Elkhart firm utilizing a proprietary forming and molding process to transform raw materials into custom molded composite, fiber-based products.
“It’s an exciting expansion for us,” said Wenger. “It’s really helping us to revolutionize how the interiors of RVs can be made.”