Viking Formed Products opened a new thermoforming plant in Elkhart, Ind., last month to replace operations in three leased buildings in Elkhart.
Viking also built a new glass-fiber composites plant in Wildwood, Fla., and expanded its painting capabilities last year.
The new, 30,000-square-foot thermoforming facility is in Viking's PT Plastics division. Viking President Kevin Gibson said in a news release that the plant will centralize production and give PT Plastics room to expand.
Viking built the plant next to Prodesign, its other thermoforming division. Together the two divisions have two manufacturing lines and seven ovens in total space of 100,000 square feet, according to the company.
PT Plastics thermoforms components for Viking's parent, Coachmen Industries Inc. of Elkhart, and other regional recreational vehicle manufacturers, Abe Newman, Viking marketing director, said in a telephone interview. It also makes trays for the medical industry and parts for furniture companies.
Prodesign focuses on bumper covers, running boards and body cladding for sport utility vehicle, small truck and specialty van markets. Viking operates a thermoformed part design center and tooling operation in Middlebury, Ind., and also performs assembly services.
Viking moved a glass-fiber composites operation last October from Bushnell, Fla., to a facility in Wildwood that gives it 50 percent more space, to expand its capacity in the Southeast.
The new plant is part of the company's VFP Composites division, based in Middlebury. VFP Composites started up the Bushnell facility in 1996. The VFP Composites division manufactures specialty tops for sport utility vehicles and vans, and running boards and other components for the RV industry.
Viking added custom painting services to its portfolio last summer when it bought two of Carrera Designs Inc.'s three paint facilities in Elkhart.
The operations can paint entire vehicles as well as plastic components.