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Forest River Relocating Production of XLR Boost

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September 22, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. announced it will be expanding production of its XLR toy hauler product into a facility located in Butler, Ind. within a month or so.

While production of the XLR Thunderbolt, Hyperlite and Nitro models remains unchanged, assembly of the XLR Boost — which currently shares a production facility with Forest River’s Wolfpack and Vengeance models — will be moving to the new northeast Indiana location north of Fort Wayne.

Officials said the move would not only help the company increase production of its XLR Boost, but it is an attempt to find suitable employment to build the units. With the RV industry booming, manufacturers and suppliers are finding it difficult to find employees in the immediate Elkhart area. The 20-acre XLR Boost parcel in Butler is located about 73 miles to the east, near the Ohio border.

“We want to continue to keep our quality level high and increase the amount of production. But we can’t do that with the amount of workforce that we have here (in Elkhart). We need a separate facility for the Boost that can bring in good quality workers. All the good quality people are already working here in Elkhart right now,” said Brent Stevens, Forest River’s general manager overseeing the XLR models.

Initially, the company will be using several existing buildings for Boost production, employing about 25-30 workers, until construction of a brand new 100,000-square-foot facility is completed sometime next summer. At that time, production should be about 15-20 per day and the workforce should be about 150.

“We’re kind of stepping outside the comfort zone of Elkhart and going into a new community over there,” Stevens said, mentioning they expect to draw from the surrounding Amish community as well. “We’ve hired our new plant manager, and he’s from over in the Hamilton area — just north of there — who’s been in the RV industry for years. So he was happy not to have to drive all this way.”

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