CrossRoads RV in Topeka announced last week that it will be expanding their facilities this year.
The project will include the purchase of land and the construction of a new 93,000 sq. ft. facility adjacent to the company’s existing campus in Topeka. The project is expected to support the creation of up to 250 new jobs paying at least $25 an hour in addition to the retention of 613 current employees at the facilities.
Overall, CrossRoads RV will be investing $3.9 million for the project.
“The new plant will give us the needed flexibility to expand our Cruiser line of RVs,” said Don Emahiser, president of CrossRoads RV. “The workforce in Topeka is top-notch in our industry and we are glad that we are able to expand at our home in this area. We have great people doing great things at CrossRoads RV. Our growth is attributed to them. We are eager to get this project underway and strengthen our continued partnership with the Town of Topeka and LaGrange County.”
The Topeka Town Council, at the request of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, considered the use of tax abatements on the investment into the new facility and equipment at their Dec. 28 meeting. The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation is also supporting the project through a $50,000 grant from the LaGrange County Investment Fund.
The Topeka Town Council approved the petition for a recommended 10-year abatement on the personal property and real estate investments. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed abatement at 4 p.m. on Jan. 16.
The State of Indiana is also supporting the project through the use of up to $2.25 million in EDGE tax credits and through the use of training assistance through WorkOne Northeast. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
"CrossRoads RV has been a great partner in the Town of Topeka and we're excited that they have continued to expand their operations within LaGrange County" said Keith Gillenwater, executive director of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. "CrossRoads RV is our largest employer in LaGrange County and we are happy to do whatever we can to help support them as they grow. We look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.”
"Indiana entered the recession making about half of all RVs, now we're making more than four out of five," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "That's what happens when businesses in a tough economy look hard to see which state has the best economic climate. Thanks to CrossRoads RV for these jobs and their confidence in Indiana."
CrossRoads RV currently employs more than 600 Hoosiers at its six plants in Topeka and Syracuse. The company plans to begin hiring additional administrative, manufacturing, and maintenance associates early next year.
CrossRoads RV manufactures fifth-wheel and towable RVs that are known throughout the RV world for featuring many attributes that were previously only available in more expensive units. CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries, is headquartered in Topeka, where they also produce their units. This project will provide a new home for the Cruiser brand lineup of CrossRoads RV, which are a lightweight product line featuring a six-sided aluminum superstructure and are engineered for easy towing.