New Keystone RV facility looks at Goshen location

The new facility would employ 400 workers but it’s unclear if those would be new jobs or transfers from other facilities. The commission approved the plans Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

Keystone RV Company is planning to build a new 120,000-square foot manufacturing facility in Goshen, according to plans it has filed with the city’s plan commission.

The new plant would be built at 3425 Corrie Dr., north of C.R. 40 and south of Keystone’s existing complex at 2642 Hackberry Dr. It would initially employ about 100 new hires, said Keystone spokesman Jim Mac.

The Goshen City Plan Commission approved the zoning request for the project at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19.

With the zoning request approved, the company plans to break ground within 30 days and start production early next year.

"This new plant will increase our manufacturing capacity and will help us better address our dealer and retail customers’ needs,” Mac said. ”We are pleased to be in a position to continue to grow in Elkhart County and Goshen.“

Keystone is asking the city to annex the roughly 60-acre site, according to the meeting agenda documents.

The city’s planning staff has recommended the commission approve the project site plan, pending a list of conditions that include shielding the factory from the Broadview subdivision to the west. An outside inventory storage area must be set back 100 feet from the west property line and be confined by a 10-foot-high landscaped berm. Keystone can only store finished RVs outside and may not store materials or dumpsters.

Also, the city planner must approve a lighting plan that demonstrates all lighting is retained on the site, with no illumination, glare or reflection on adjacent properties.

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