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Dometic Breaks Ground For Goshen Expansion

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August 20, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

(L-R) Tony Short, Dometic National Supply Manager; Jim Menefee, Dometic VP Operations; Dave Schutz, Dometic VP OEM Sales & Mktg.; Allan Kaufman, mayor of Goshen; Gerald Kostelny, InSite CEO; Dorinda Heiden-Guss, Elkhart Co. Economic Development Corp. president & CEO.

(L-R) Tony Short, Dometic National Supply Manager; Jim Menefee, Dometic VP Operations; Dave Schutz, Dometic VP OEM Sales & Mktg.; Allan Kaufman, mayor of Goshen; Gerald Kostelny, InSite CEO; Dorinda Heiden-Guss, Elkhart Co. Economic Development Corp. president & CEO.

Officials at Dometic Corp. broke ground today (Aug. 20) on an expansion project that will double the size of its central distribution warehouse at the northeast corner of Century Drive and Kercher Road in Goshen, Ind.

When the expansion is expected to be complete sometime before Christmas, the warehouse will grow from 125,000 to 250,000 square feet and add 10 additional truck docks to the facility.

At the same time, Dometic will cease leasing space at three smaller unstaffed facilities in Sturgis, Schoolcraft and Three Rivers, Mich. that serve as overflow storage, officials said, and consolidate those operations at the central distribution warehouse in Goshen.

Dometic Vice President of RV OEM Sales and Marketing Dave Schutz said the expansion “just makes sense.

“We’re consolidating and expanding our central distribution operations, which is going to mean we will have all of our products going through one facility in an efficient manner. We’ll have products coming in one end of the building and then going out the other all on one truck, with one invoice, to its final destination,” Schutz said.

“It’s good for the customer, too,” he added. “This will enable us to have a quicker response to their needs in a timely manner. We’d like to think we were doing a great job all along, but we think this will improve how we do business.”

Dometic is a major supplier of refrigerators, air conditioners and toilets to the RV and boating industries. In addition to the manufacturers in northern Indiana, the central distribution warehouse will supply its eight regional warehouses serving other manufacturers and dealers throughout North America.

The expansion follows the company’s move in 2009 to relocate its refrigeration production from Sweden to Goshen. Schutz said Dometic had been planning the expansion for about 1 1/2 years and is excited at the opportunity to strengthen its foothold in northern Indiana.

“Where we’re located, we literally could have a tow motor and flatbed trailer take our products across the street to one of the manufacturers. This is great for all the manufacturers and it’s great for us,” Schutz said.

Along with Schutz, who added that they expect to have a net increase of three to five jobs, also participating in the ceremonial ground-breaking were Vice President of Operations Jim Menefee and Distribution Manager Tony Short.

Schutz said there are no plans for similar projects in the near future, but added Dometic is poised to “grow and expand as the market dictates.”

Dometic’s retractable awning products will still be distributed from its LaGrange, Ind., production facility.

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