Forest River gave some insight into the scope of its expansion plans in northern Indiana, announcing that the company will invest $6.7 million in a 450,000 square-foot expansion after purchasing the former Dutch Housing Complex in LaGrange.
Renovations are currently underway on three of the facilities, which have sat vacant for more than eight years, and the company plans to evaluate options for the fourth facility late this year. Operations are slated to begin in one facility by mid-January and two more by May 2017, allowing the company to expand production of its Cherokee line of fifth wheel and travel trailers, which is currently backlogged. With this growth, Forest River’s footprint is expanding to cover 12 million square feet across its facilities nationwide.
In 2014, the company made plans to expand its operations in Elkhart County, opening a new production facility in Bristol and equipping three facilities in Goshen. As part of this growth, the company planned to create a total of 185 new jobs. The company has since exceeded that goal, and currently employs 11,000 Hoosiers. Forest River plans to begin hiring this month.