Wilkins RV Inc. is planning to relocate its operations from its home base in Hornell, N.Y., to nearby Bath, establishing a destination dealership that could attract RV owners from around the country.
According to the Bath-Courier-Advocate, the announcement was made during a recent meeting of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA).
Wilkins RV is hoping to negotiate a tax agreement with the county to develop a $5 million, 51,400-square-foot sales and service center located near Interstate 86. The proximity to the interstate was a key factor in the company’s decision to move, said SCIDA Executive Director James Sherron.
SCIDA is chartered to provide economic development assistance only to non-retail businesses. However, the RV complex is expected to draw visitors from as far away as California, generating tourist income for the central Steuben County area. That feature qualifies the business for tax breaks, Sherron said.
The new site for Wilkins RV also is expected to add 20 to 40 new jobs to the company’s payroll of 42, he added.
The complex will include eight campsites where RV owners can stay while their vehicles are being serviced. Additional sites are possible in the future, according to SCIDA.
SCIDA board members noted Wilkins’ RV service would generate new tax revenues for the area. Sales taxes based on RV purchases, however, revert to the owner’s county of residence.