Industrial wood supplier MJB Wood Group is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on a new 500,000-square-foot facility that will boost sourcing needs for RV industry customers.
The new 37-acre lot is located near Bristol, Indiana. The building will replace the company’s older 228,000-square-foot facility in an area MJB has “outgrown.”
“We are investing tens of millions of dollars in our new facility in Elkhart County because of the area’s strategic importance to the RV industry,” MJB Executive VP Jeff Messick said. “More than a dozen major manufacturers of RVs call Elkhart County home, and we are proud to call Elkhart home as well.”
The new facility is expected to open in 2022’s first quarter. MJB stated the move comes on the heels of “tremendous” growth in the Midwest region, which is exceeding an 18% year-over-year revenue spike.
“We are excited to invest in this new facility because of MJB’s commitment to the vibrant RV industry in northern Indiana and the surrounding areas,” MJB President Scott Griggs said. “This new facility will improve the efficiency of inbound and outbound freight, which will allow MJB to deliver more freight on time, while respecting the tight receiving window of customers.”
In addition to offering a more streamlined distribution experience, the new MJB facility includes a 100,000-square-foot fabrication area that will allow the supplier to offer custom services, such as cut-to-size, CNC machining, molding, kitting and light assembly.
The new building will bring 100 employees on board – twice current facility staff.
“The Coors family are proud owners of MJB, and we are very excited to expand our investment and workforce in Bristol and Elkhart County to serve our growing, primary end markets of RV, cabinets, furniture and transportation,” MJB Chairman Timothy Coors said. “In Bristol, Indiana, we truly have a supportive partnership with the city, county and community. We could not have selected a better place to locate our new state-of-the-art facility for MJB.”
Among those attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Elkhart County commissioners, Indiana Rep. Joanna King, Bristol council members and more.
“We applaud MJB Wood Group for selecting Elkhart County for its new facility, and we value our partnership with the company,” said Chris Stager, president and CEO of Elkhart County’s Economic Development Corp. “MJB has been sourcing and delivering diverse wood products for more than 45 years, and their new facility will allow them to improve efficiencies and provide a better overall customer experience.”
MJB Wood Group provides supply chain solutions, panel products, wood components, millwork and specialty products throughout North America, Asia and Europe to RV, cargo vehicle and other markets.