Two Drew Industries subsidiaries that supply components to the RV industry have announced plans to expand operations in Goshen and Middlebury, Indiana, adding 330 new jobs.
Lippert Components and Kinro Manufacturing said some of the expansion will be a result of relocating business from another state.
“Today’s announcement by Lippert Components and Kinro Manufacturing further solidifies Indiana’s position as the top manufacturing state in the country,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. “Elkhart County’s history of success in the RV industry will give these companies a leg-up on their out-of-state competition.”
Lippert Components, a manufacturer of recreational vehicle and manufactured housing components, plans to invest approximately $650,000 in new machinery and equipment as part of the expansion. Kinro, a manufacturer of windows and doors for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and other industries, plans to invest approximately $3.5 million for the lease of a facility, and the purchase of machinery and equipment for the expanded production line.
Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of the two companies, said, “We are extremely pleased to continue to expand the operations of both Lippert Components and Kinro in Indiana. The state of Indiana, Elkhart County and the cities of Goshen and Middlebury have shown a strong commitment to partnering with companies like ours in the recreational vehicle industry so that our industry can not only rebound from the economic downturn but also thrive in the future. We appreciate the support we have received from state, county and local officials. These expanded operations will increase our market share and expand our customer base.”
With approximately 4,000 employees nationally, Lippert Components and Kinro currently employ more than 2,800 full-time workers at locations throughout northern Indiana. The company plans to begin filling the new manufacturing and administrative positions this fall. Lippert Components and Kinro currently operate 31 facilities in 12 states.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc. up to $1.55 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $165,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. Elkhart County and the city of Goshen will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.
“We are proud that Lippert Components and Kinro have decided to continue their commitment to Goshen and Elkhart County with these new investments in capital and jobs,” said Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman. “As a Goshen-based company, Lippert Components has become one of our largest and most valued employers. This announcement is further evidence that our local economy is experiencing strong growth, thanks largely to the rebound in durable goods manufacturing.”
RV production in the Hoosier state continues to increase during the national economic recession. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, the RV industry produced 242,000 units nationally in 2010, a 46 percent increase from the year before. More than 83 percent of all American-made RVs built during this time period were produced in Indiana.