Keystone RV Co. has expanded its Pendleton, Ore., manufacturing facility, adding a second assembly line and creating 75 new jobs, the company announced.
The Goshen, Ind.-based firm is building its Sprinter-, Springdale- and Cabana-brand travel trailers and fifth-wheels in the Oregon plant.
The West Coast expansion occurred because higher fuel costs make it beneficial for the manufacturers of towable RVs to have factories that supply regional markets, sais Cole Davis, Keystone’s president and CEO.
“This is a strategic move to increase our manufacturing capacity for these popular selling products, reducing delivery time and improving our dealers’ inventory turn,” Davis said.
Eventually, Keystone wants 20% of its output to come from the Oregon facility.
In a related development, Keystone also will build its Cougar- and Bobcat-brand travel trailers and fifth-wheels in Pendleton, said Ron Fenech, general manager of Keystone’s Goshen division.
Keystone will eliminate the Columbia brand name because “Cougar retail sales have exploded, making it one of the leading fifth-wheel product lines in the nation,” Fenech said. “Many of our Western dealers indicated their preference for the Cougar name over Columbia, and this move is in response to their requests.”
Replacing the Columbia with the Cougar and Bobcat brands allows Keystone to immediately provide its dealers with a full range of floorplan offerings, including many that were not available with the Columbia line, Fenech added.