Forest River to expand Butler operations

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A Butler recreational vehicle manufacturer received approval to expand its operations July 27.

Forest River Manufacturing LLC, 685 E. Main St., will build a 63,000-square-foot building and expand another building by 12,000 square feet, company representatives told the Butler Plan Commission.

The Elkhart-based company manufactures recreational XLR toy haulers at its Butler facility, established in 2017, using existing buildings on the former Evans Equipment truck terminal property.

Forest River shipped its first recreational vehicle made at the Butler facility in December 2017. The property covers about 20 acres at the east edge of the city.

The new building will be immediately behind the existing office building, with a proposed employee parking area facing Main Street (U.S. 6). The addition will be made to another large building in a triangular corner bordered by the highway and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

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