Monaco Coach Corp. received preliminary approval Tuesday (Nov. 5) of its request to have the village of Wakarusa, Ind., annex 48 acres which the company intends to use for future expansion, according to the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth.
The property is next to Monaco’s motorhome assembly complex in the North Central Indiana town, but Monaco might not use the land for another five years, according to Richard Bond, Monaco’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer.
Monaco’s Wakarusa plant currently is operating at close to full capacity, but Bond said the company does not plan to expand final assembly operations on the 48 acres, if the annexation and rezoning to industrial uses are finally approved. Instead, Monaco would use the 48 acres either for component parts assembly or dispatching, Bond said.
Monaco is planning to expand its motorhome painting facility in Wakarusa, Bond added.
The Wakarusa Town Board is scheduled to vote on Dec. 3 on the annexation question. If the annexation is approved, then Monaco could file a rezoning request.
Meanwhile, the Elkhart City Council voted Monday night to give final approval to Monaco’s request for a 10-year property tax abatement related to the company’s plan to expand its travel trailer and fifth-wheel assembly plant in Elkhart, which is about 15 miles north of Wakarusa.
Monaco soon will begin construction of a 150,000-square-foot addition on to its 110,000-square-foot towables assembly plant on Elkhart’s southwest side. The company intends to begin occupying some of the new space next year, although the project will not be entirely completed until 2004.
The expanded towables plant will eventually allow Monaco to raise the output of Holiday Rambler- and McKenzie-brand travel trailers and fifth-wheels to between 120 and 130 units a week, from the current 65 to 70 units a week.