Northwood Investments, which operates RV builders Outdoors RV Manufacturing and Northwood Manufacturing, announced that construction of a new plant is under way in La Grande, Ore.
Ward King, COO for Outdoors RV and Northwood Manufacturing, said the expansion is a result of increased business. “Our business is picking up,” he said. “We continue to have more interest in outdoor products.”
The facility expansion will also bring new jobs to the county. “Probably a minimum of 25 jobs, but more likely all the way up to 75,” King said, noting the operations currently employ 194 hourly employees and about 30 office employees.
The expansion coincides with the introduction of a new fifth-wheel line and new database for dealers. “We’re kind of increasing our footprint in the southern market,” King said. “That includes California all the way to Colorado.”
The 50,000-square foot expansion features manufacturing space and offices at the Outdoors RV location south of the existing main plant.
“Our projection is somewhere in June we should be operational, barring any unforeseen weather,” King said.