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                         When Thor Industries Inc. purchased KZRV LP in Shipshewana, Ind., in April it did not foresee expanding the business.

But, according to a South Bend Tribune report, that changed quickly — like about a day after the purchase was finalized and Thor officials were walking through the plant.

“On the first day after owning them, management stated they could produce more units if they had a lamination facility,” said Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries. “We quickly just told them to give us a proposal and a plan. They already had the land.”

KZRV, which manufactures towable recreational vehicles, announced Monday that it plans to expand its operations in Shipshewana, creating up to 125 new jobs by 2017.

KZRV will invest up to $4.83 million to construct and equip a new 80,750-square-foot  lamination facility in Shipshewana, according to a news release by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The building, which will be fully operational by late spring 2015, will allow the company to increase its production capacity for lamination, aluminum frame welding and towable recreational vehicle assembly.

Lamination is being moved from an existing building where it shared space with the assembly line.

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