Thor-owned manufacturer Keystone RVs has purchased one of the former EverGreen RV plants in Middlebury, Ind., to house an expansion for its Dutchmen Mfg. division.
An official with Elkhart County confirmed that Keystone RVs acquired the facility at 51700 W. Lovejoy Drive, which previously housed EverGreen’s Lifestyle Luxury line. EverGreen ceased all operations earlier this month, citing a financial shortage.
The addition of the plant adds 100,000 square feet of additional production space for Dutchmen, which plans to employ up to 150 people at the plant when it begins production later this year, the company said in a news release. A purchase price was not disclosed, but the property had an appraised value of $1.62 million, according to tax records.
“Our intention is to get in there as quickly as we can, and get it set up to our specifications for plant setup,” Dutchmen President Troy James told RV PRO. “We’ve already started hiring employees and our intention is to be in production by September.”
This new Middlebury plant represents Dutchmen’s seventh production facility. The company currently builds travel trailers and fifth wheels at facilities in Goshen, Middlebury, and Syracuse, Indiana as well as Pendleton, Ore.
“Demand for our products is at an all-time high,” James said. “The major improvements to our manufacturing process and quality that we have made over the past 24 months are really paying off. The addition of this new plant and the quality workforce in the Middlebury area will enable us to further ramp up production to meet our dealers’ needs while maintaining our high level of quality.”