Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. has purchased a chassis manufacturer in Kendallville in response to what it calls “dynamic industry growth” for recreational vehicles. Wolfpack Chassis LLC employs about 40 workers and operates a 60,000-square-foot plant in Noble County.

Lippert says it needs more manufacturing capacity to keep up with market demand created largely by the COVID-19 pandemic.

LCI says the nation is experiencing a renewed interest in the outdoors and RV lifestyle, which is being viewed as a safer way to travel due to the pandemic.

“These moves are important for Lippert to meet the demands of our customers and overall industry growth,” said Ryan Smith, president of Lippert North American OEM Operations. “These strategic steps are the first of several very intentional investments we will make to support this rapid growth and to invest in the future of all the industries we serve.”  

Lippert says it is also investing in two of its existing plants as part of the chassis demand.  The company says it is adding space for an additional powder coat facility and more chassis fabrication lines in Middlebury and an additional powder coat facility at its Goshen.