"The workforce here in Shelby County is second to none," said Wheeler. "We couldn't be happier reaffirming our 65-plus year commitment to Jackson Center. In addition, the State of Ohio is a great place to do business and their continued commitment to Airstream made this an easy decision."Airstream's expansion will provide another boost to the Dayton economy, which saw approximately $1 billion in capital investment last year. Local employers like Airstream are responsible for some 80 percent of the region's recent economic growth, and they've helped raise the median wage in Shelby County to above $54,000 a year. "This expansion by Airstream's parent company, Thor Industries, will bring 280 new jobs to the Jackson Center campus, where Airstream will continue to produce recreational vehicles that loyal customers have enjoyed for nearly a century," said JobsOhio Senior Managing Director for Automotive Kristi Tanner. "Along with the Dayton Development Coalition and our local partners, we are excited that Ohio will continue to play an essential role in Airstream's growth worldwide." "This announcement by Airstream is still more proof that Shelby County is a manufacturing stronghold in Ohio," said Mike Dodds, Executive Director of the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership. "Growth-oriented companies like Airstream are one reason we have the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs per capita in the state." Jeff Raible of the Sidney-Shelby Chamber of Commerce said the announced expansion "combines the excitement of a new opportunity with the proud heritage of a longtime member of our business community." "In every way possible, the resources of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber are committed to helping Airstream continue its growth and prosperity," Raible said. "The entire Village Council, the Village Administrator, and I are proud of the work Jackson Center did to create the best possible conditions for this expansion," said Jackson Center, Ohio Mayor Scott Klopfenstein. "As a former Airstream associate myself, I'm particularly pleased to know they'll be here creating jobs for years to come."
Airstream's current Jackson Center facility has long been a popular destination for Airstream owners and other tourists seeking a glimpse inside the company's hand-made manufacturing process. A new Heritage Center will enhance those visits with exhibits illustrating the company's 87-years of inspiring adventure and help drive regional tourism in nearby communities. Plans call for the display of numerous classic and historic Airstream products, including artifacts from the relationship between Airstream and NASA's space program.Airstream began operating in Jackson Center, Ohio in 1952. The current plant was built in 1971. The Jackson Center campus has been Airstream's sole manufacturing location since 1979. About Airstream Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic "silver bullet" travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam's credo, "Let's not make changes, let's only make improvements," Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam's vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road. A subsidiary of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of craftsmen remains dedicated to preserving the brand's legendary reputation for quality and innovation. For more information, please visit airstream.com, call 877-596-6111 or contact Airstream, Inc., 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, Ohio 45334. More news about Airstream, our dealers and current travel trailer and touring coach models is at airstream.com. For the latest news on Airstream, "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. About Thor Industries, Inc. Thor is the sole owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent the world's largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles. For more information on the Company and its products, please go to www.thorindustries.com.