Towable manufacturer Keystone RV Co. announced today (Nov. 11) that it has purchased the former Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. travel trailer facility in Pendleton, Ore.
The property consists of two manufacturing plants with approximately 203,000 square feet under roof on 21-plus acres in eastern Oregon. The purchase will augment three other production facilities in the Pendleton area where Keystone produces the Cougar, Springdale, Hornet and Energy toy hauler travel trailers.
Keystone President and CEO Ron Fenech called the acquisition a ”natural move” for the company with headquarters in Goshen, Ind.
”These additional facilities will enable us to expand the number of current Keystone brands we will build in the West,” Fenech said. ”The Western location improves our operating efficiencies which will better serve our West Coast dealers.”
Bob Martin, Keystone executive vice president, told RVBUSINESS.com that the company expects to hire about 100 people to build an unspecified line of towable RVs beginning next spring.
”We want to determine which of our lines would be best served coming out of the Oregon factory,” Martin said. ”In the next month or so, we’ll be figuring that out. We’ve been looking at West Coast expansion for the last couple of years.
”The Oregon factory is a good fit because it’s close to our existing facilities.”
Keystone opened it’s first Oregon facility in January 2000.
In August, Keystone announced that it was hiring 200 workers in Goshen where it operates 15 production lines.
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. closed down its towable operations last spring before filing for bankruptcy. The company’s motorhome division was later purchased by a New York-based investment firm, renamed Fleetwood RV Inc. and its headquarters moved from Riverside, Calif., to Decatur, Ind.