Jackson Center, Ohio – Recreational vehicle (RV) maker Thor Industries plans to build a new 750,000ft2 facility in Ohio to increase capacity for Airstream RVs and trailers. The company expects to brake ground in the spring with plans to open the new plant in mid-2019.
The $40 million project, the most significant in Airstream’s history, will add production space, improve product quality, and add service space.
“We embrace our rich history even as we move into the future,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler says. “This new facility will give us the room to build and innovate quality products, all while maintaining the hand-made craftsmanship that makes Airstream an American icon.”
The plant expansion will consolidate multiple production spaces into one facility, bringing the assembly of the company’s travel trailers under one roof. The current 255,000ft2 travel trailer plant will be converted to build Airstream’s motorized touring coaches.
“The RV industry is enjoying a golden age as a new generation of Americans discover the joys of outdoor adventure with all the comforts of home,” says Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries. “The expanded Airstream facility will provide top quality products to these new devotees for years to come.”
Airstream expects to hire nearly 300 new employees to staff the expansion, bringing total employment in Jackson Center to around 1,200 people.
Airstream’s current Jackson Center facility has long been a popular destination for Airstream owners and other tourists seeking a glimpse inside the company’s hand-made manufacturing process. A new Heritage Center will enhance those visits with exhibits illustrating the company’s 87-year history. Plans call for the display of numerous classic and historic Airstream products, including artifacts from the relationship between Airstream and NASA’s space program.