Keystone RV Co. will be expanding its Goshen, Ind., manufacturing complex with the opening of two facilities to accommodate production of two new travel trailer lines.
During a press conference Friday (Dec. 9), Keystone officials announced that the expansion will add 300 new jobs within the first half of 2006.
The towable builder, a subsidiary of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc., is ramping up an existing facility for production of the new VR-1 travel trailer, introduced during the 43rd National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
“We moved production of another line into a new facility,” said Don Clark, executive vice president.
The company said ground will be broken soon on a new 65,000-square-foot plant, which will either be used for the VR-1 or the new ultra lightweight Hobbi toy hauler, also introduced at Louisville. Currently, the Hobbi is going into production at another facility in Goshen.
“Both of these new products were extremely well received at Louisville,” Clark said, noting Keystone showed a 40% increase in show sales over last year’s record total. “Our existing product also did very well. The increase was across the board.”
Coupled with the strong dealer response in Louisville, Clark said Keystone had experienced a better-than-anticipated fall season. “Traditionally, there will be a dip leading up to the Louisville show, but we were running at near or full capacity,” Clark said.
With the addition of the new facility, Keystone’s operations will include 16 production plants in Goshen and three in Pendleton, Ore. “We are approaching 1 million square feet of manufacturing space,” Clark said.
Along with the expansion news, Keystone President Ron Fenech presented a $50,000 check to the local United Way, upping the company’s total contribution for the year to over $300,000.