Recreational vehicle manufacturer Forest River announced plans to expand two of its 10 facilities in Indiana and add up to 369 new jobs in the state over the next two years.
The Elkhart, Indiana, company — a subsidiary of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate — said in a statement from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. that the projects would support recent growth.
“We’re excited to continue expanding our operations in Indiana, which provides access to a talented workforce, strong RV manufacturing ecosystem, and business-friendly environment,” Forest River project manager Mike Stump said in the announcement.
Forest River will spend $3.5 million to expand its existing facility in Butler, Indiana, and construct and equip a new building in the northeast Indiana city. The project, which will bolster production of its new XLR Toy Hauler RV, began last month and is expected to be completed by February.
The company will invest another $3.5 million to expand production of its Cherokee RV line in LaGrange, Indiana. Officials expect to break ground on the new building next month.
Forest River intends to add 249 new jobs in LaGrange and 120 new positions in Butler. Hiring is slated to begin in January and be completed by the end of 2023.
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