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Thor Industries Inc., subsidiary Keystone RV Co., broke ground in Pendleton, Ore., last week on construction of a second factory in the northeast Oregon town, which will make Keystone more competitive along the West Coast, according to Ron Fenech, president.
The second plant, which will be adjacent to Keystone’s existing factory in Pendleton, will allow the company to build more Cougar, Sprinter and Springdale units for West Coast dealers, Fenech said.
The new factory, which will allow Keystone to increase its Pendleton output volume by 35% to 50%, should be ready to occupancy by late July, he said.
Employees hired to staff the new plant will be paid $10 to $16 an hour.
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony via speakerphone, said the state would help Keystone with work-force development.
Also, nearby Blue Mountain Community College will help with employee training through its Center for Customized Training and Business Development.
“On behalf of the people of the state of Oregon, I want to say thank you for having faith in us,” Kulongoski said during the ceremony.