Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary Keystone RV Co., today (March 29) completed the acquisition of an 80,000-square-foot former Coachmen Industries Inc. plant in Goshen, Ind., so Keystone could increase output of its Outback travel-trailer and fifth-wheel models by 30% to 40%.
Terms of the transaction were not revealed.
The former Coachmen facility, which Keystone plans to have in operation by May, also will be used to supply laminated building materials for Outback units and other Keystone brands, Ron Fenech said.
Coachmen plans to transfer production and the employees of its former Goshen plant to a 114,300-square-foot facility north of Middlebury, Ind. Coachmen bought the plant recently from Jayco Inc. of Middlebury.
Coachmen will build midsize travel trailers and fifth-wheels and some new product offerings in the plant, which is just south of the Indiana-Michigan State Line.
The firm will be able to build 40% more units in the Middlebury plant than it could at the plant in Goshen that it sold to Keystone, said Mike Terlep, president of Coachmen RV Co.
Most of the 90 Coachmen employees who worked in Goshen will transfer to the new Middlebury facility and about 50 more people will be hired to staff it, Terlep added.
Keystone, which began production in a new factory in Goshen in February, bought the building from Coachmen because its dealer order backlog now is 270% larger than it was a year ago, Fenech said.
“Our business is booming and we’re fortunate to be able to buy a building this time of year,” he said.
Keystone already builds Outback units in another facility in Goshen. To staff the second Outback plant, Keystone will need to hire about 50 more people.
Keystone’s latest round of expansion occurred after it began production in a new 73,000-square-foot assembly plant in Goshen in February. That facility, the sixth new plant Keystone has built in Goshen in 2 1/2 years, is being used to produce its Sprinter and Springdale models.
Keystone also is building a second factory in Pendelton, Ore., to increase Cougar, Sprinter, Springdale and Tailgator output for West Coast dealers by 35% to 50%, Fenech said.
The new Oregon factory should be ready for occupancy by August, he said.
And Keystone plans to build another final-assembly plant in Goshen. The plant, which will be used to assemble an existing Keystone product line, should be ready by September, Fenech said.
“We’re trying to build as many plants as we can to satisfy demand and to shorten our lead times,” he said.