PENDLETON - Keystone RV Co. plans to use its new 77,000 square-foot plant here for increased production of the company's Springdale, Sprinter and Cougar brands.

Keystone senior vice-president Don Clark said the Goshen, Ind.-based, company also will use the second plant to focus aggressively on further product development of its Tail-gator Sport Utility Trailer.

"SUTs, also known as 'ramp trailers,' continue to be our industry's fastest growing segment, and we are becoming a major player in this market," Clark said. "Our presence in the SUT business has greatly increased due to intensified focus. The new Pendleton production facility will provide for future innovation in this important market."

Clark's remarks followed a reorganization at the two Oregon plants.

"We have been blessed with a strong work force in Pendleton, which has allowed us to shift some of our management staff to position ourselves for future growth," he said.

Clark expressed Keystone's appreciation for the assistance of city, regional and state governments with the new facility.

"Pendleton's and the state of Oregon's outstanding support has assisted our growth, which, in turn, has made a positive contribution to economic development in the Pendleton area," Clark said, adding that consumer demand in the Western states for Keystone's products continued to grow last year and over the first quarter of 2005.

In addition to the Oregon plants, the firm has 14 plants at its headquarters in Goshen. Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, the nation's largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles.

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