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Heartland Recreational Vehicles is adding a 100,000-square-foot factory to its Elkhart, Ind., complex, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.
Company officials said the fifth-wheel and travel trailer manufacturer is spending upwards of $3 million on the new plant and other improvements. The facility will house production of the Bighorn and Sundance lines introduced at last year’s Louisville Show.
“We are bursting at the seams,” said Scott Tuttle, vice president of marketing for the company, founded in late 2003. “The current production facilities are just being pressed to their limits trying to keep up with the demand of orders.”
The project should be completed in May, said Brian Brady, chairman of Heartland. He said the builder hopes to add 80 to 100 workers as part of the expansion. Heartland’s current work force is around 350 people.
“The plant adds substantial capacity,” Brady said. “We anticipate both product lines, running parallel, each line with the capability in excess of 20 units a day.”
As a result of the construction, some products will be shifting plants and administrative offices will likely be concentrated in the new facility.