Statement issued Monday:
Open Range RV Company and the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation are excited to announce the expansion of Open Range RV Company at its facilities located in Shipshewana, IN.
Open Range RV Company, founded in Shipshewana in 2007, has quickly grown to become a leader in the production of high quality fifth wheels and travel trailers, and was recognized in 2009 with the "Quality Circle Award" by the RV Dealers Association. Open Range RV's lines are recognized industry wide for their quality, innovative floor designs, amenities, and low weight amongst many other features. "The demand for Open Range's recreational vehicles led our relatively new company to continue to grow during the recent national economic downturn, and as the economy has recovered, demand for new units has increased tremendously" said Pam Graber, Vice President of Operations for Open Range RV Company.
This demand necessitates the opening of a new plant in the former TN Trailers facility in Shipshewana. Along with the opening of the new plant, additional staff will be required to operate the facility. The company is in the process of hiring 50 new workers, to complement the 75 additional workers hired since January 2010, bringing total employment to 225 people.
"We are very excited that we have been able to grow Open Range RV Company as quickly as we have" said Graber said. "We are eager to get this project underway and strengthen our continued partnership with the Town of Shipshewana and LaGrange County."
"Open Range RV Company 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 rapid growth in such a short period of time is a demonstration of their company's quality craftsmanship and is a testament to Open Range's motto: "Enjoy the Journey!" We look forward to continuing to reinforce our positive relationship with Open Range RV Company as they expand."
About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation
The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com or call at 260.499.4994.
About Open Range RV Company
Open Range RV Company, based in Shipshewana, IN, is quickly becoming a leader in the production of high quality fifth wheels and travel trailers in just their third year of production. Open Range RV's quality and craftsmanship was recognized with the coveted RVDA "Quality Circle Award" in 2009. For more information on Open Range RV, LLC, please visit www.openrangerv.com or at (260).768.7771.