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Less than a week after breaking ground in Oregon for a plant expansion, towables manufacturer Keystone RV Co. obtained zoning approval from Elkhart County, Ind., officials to allow for more expansion in Goshen, Ind.
The newly rezoned property, which is south of Keystone’s Indiana manufacturing complex, will become the site for a new Keystone factory and the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary will open another factory and an 8-bay final testing facility within the boundaries of its existing multi-plant complex on Goshen’s southeast side, according to Ron Fenech, Keystone’s president.
In all, Keystone’s latest expansion effort will create around 300 new jobs in the Goshen area this year and increase the company’s output capacity to keep pace with retail demand for existing product lines, Fenech said.
One of the new facilities in Goshen will be ready for occupancy in early April and the other two will be ready possibly in July, he added.
Keystone met some opposition to its rezoning request from several residents of a subdivision near where the new plant will be built. The Elkhart County Planning Commission had recommended that Keystone’s request be denied but two of three county commissioners voted on Monday (March 1) to approve it.
In Oregon, Keystone broke ground last week on a plant next to its existing plant in Pendelton, a community 200 miles east of Portland.
The Pendelton plant should be ready for occupancy by late July and will increase Keystone’s West Coast outuput capacity by 35% to 50%, Fenech estimated.