Open Range RV Company and the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation have announced the expansion of Open Range RV at the company’s facilities located in Shipshewana.
Open Range RV Co., founded in Shipshewana in 2007, has quickly grown to become a leader in the production of high quality fifth wheels and travel trailers, and has been recognized multiple times 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.
“Our customer demand continues to necessitate our expansion at our home in Shipshewana,” said Randy Graber, president of Open Range RV. “We are excited that our customers continue to appreciate the high quality units that we produce, and their dedication to our brand makes us continue to work hard and innovate for them.”
The company plans to add a 15,000 sq. ft. addition to its customer service center located just east of the company’s main Shipshewana campus. These investments will allow Open Range RV to operate more efficiently and provide an even higher level of service to their customers by having more parts and inventory on hand for custom projects as well as warranty work. The project will also result in the addition of 10-15 new employees with an average wage of $45,000 per year.
The Town of Shipshewana has initially approved a 10-year tax abatement request from the company at the request of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation on the real estate improvements. "Open Range RV Company has been a great partner in Shipshewana and LaGrange County and we're happy to continue to support their continued growth as one of our largest employers," said Roger Yoder, president of the Shipshewana Town Council.
"Open Range RV’s continued growth in our community is a tribute to the quality craftsmanship that Open Range RV exemplifies, and truly is a testament to Open Range’s motto: ‘Enjoy the Journey!’” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. “We look forward to continuing to work with Open Range RV Company as they build upon their successes in LaGrange County."