Keystone RV is in the process of completing a $13.5 million expansion at its headquarters in Goshen, Ind., including adding a facility that will house operations for its new upper-end fifth-wheel line scheduled to be introduced at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville.
According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, the expansion includes the construction of four new buildings on the Goshen site and the addition of 300 to 400 jobs.
“Our growth this year exceeds 30 percent and we’re optimistic about what the next years will bring,” said Ron Fenech, president of Keystone. “We’re outperforming the marketplace and our expectations are we’re going to build strong through the fall and winter.”
Keystone, founded in 1996, is on pace to record $1 billion in sales for 2004, according to Fenech.
Keystone’s project involves building two 60,000-square-foot manufacturing plants, an 18,500-square-foot office building and a 277,340-square-foot manufacturing plant. The latter is the largest single building ever built in Goshen, according to the contractor for the project. Fenech said it will house the lamination operations for sidewalls, roofs and floors. Construction began in mid-September and is expected to be finished in March 2005.
One of the 60,000-square-foot buildings is completed and will begin operation in November on the new highline fifth-wheel series.
The other 60,000-square-foot facility, which will be finished in December, will house an additional production line for the Montana fifth-wheel, providing about a 50% increase in production capabilities.
The office building, which also will be completed in December, will bring all the administration and sales staff under one roof.
Fenech said the company has doubled in size during the past two years and currently some staff members have to use trailers for office space.