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New Caldwell company making RVs, plans to hire more than 100 in next year

A manufacturing plant in Caldwell has been revived under the name Omega RV, and the company says it will expand over the next year.

The assembly plant at 710 W. Simplot Blvd. has been used for more than 67 years to produce recreational vehicles. Kit Manufacturing made RVs there until Extreme RVs bought it in 2003, according to general manager Don Day. The plant closed in 2009 after the economy crashed.

The Dennis Dillon automotive dealership in Boise revived the plant by creating Omega RV in partnership with Day and Scott Thorpe, vice president of sales and marketing. Day and Thorpe formerly ran Extreme RVs.

Omega RV started production four months ago in the smaller of two buildings at the plant. More than 30 people work there now, assembling RVs to fulfill the approximately 1,000 orders in the pipeline, Day said.

“I think in a year from now, orders I believe will be in the 2,000 range, maybe 2,500,” Day said.

The company expects to reopen the larger plant on the property within the next year. It will hire more assemblers until total employment reaches about 150, Day said.

The RVs made at Omega are sold in nine Western U.S. states and in Canada. Dennis Dillon dealerships in Boise and Southern California sell the RVs, Day said.

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