Open Range Gets Go-Ahead for Plant Expansion
Towable builder Open Range RV Co. is moving ahead with plans to add a 21,500-square-foot addition to its main campus located on the north side of Shipshewana, Ind., as well as adding new equipment to the facility, including a new CNC router.
According to a press release from the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp., these investments will allow Open Range to “operate more efficiently and produce an even better quality product for their customers.” The project will also result in the addition of 10-15 new employees with an average wage of around $45,000.
The Town of Shipshewana approved abatement requests from the company and the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. for 10 years on the real estate improvements and five years for the personal property. According to an earlier report by the Goshen News, estimated costs for the expansion are $580,880 for construction on the addition to its current facilities and $475,000 for manufacturing equipment.
“Open Range RV is a valued employer in the Town of Shipshewana, and we are glad that we can continue to build on our partnership with Open Range as they expand their operations here,” said Roger Yoder, president of the Shipshewana Town Council.
“Open Range has been a great partner in Shipshewana and LaGrange County, and we’re elated that they have continued to grow within LaGrange County” said Keith Gillenwater, executive director of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. “Their continued growth in our community is a tribute to the quality craftsmanship that Open Range RV exemplifies, and truly is a testament to Open Range’s motto: ‘Enjoy the Journey!’ We look forward to continuing to work with Open Range.”
Open Range, founded in Shipshewana in 2007, has quickly grown to become a leading manufacturer of high quality fifth-wheels and travel trailers, and has been recognized multiple times with the “Quality Circle Award” by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
“The continued demand for Open Range’s recreational vehicles has spurred our growth over the past few years” said Randy Graber, president of Open Range . “We are thrilled that our customers continue to appreciate the high quality and wide range of towable RV’s that we produce, and this growth really can be attributed to their dedication to our brand.”