Planned travel trailer plant in Nampa approved for tax break

Heartland Recreational Vehicles announced plans Monday to build a travel trailer manufacturing plant in Nampa that will create about 120 jobs.

Located at 900 Karcher Road, the 248,000-square-foot plant will cost between $11 million and $12 million and open early next year, according to a news release. Heartland plans to ramp up to 275 employees within three years.

Heartland was approved for a state tax reimbursement incentive of 20 percent of the company’s sales, payroll and income tax for 10 years. The company must meet job creation and wage thresholds in order to receive the tax reimbursements. The Idaho Department of Commerce administrates the incentive.

Heartland is a subsidiary of publicly traded Thor Industries. The plant will expand Heartland’s travel-trailer production serving West Coast markets, Heartland President Chris Hermon said in the release.

“As we sought a location to expand our manufacturing capabilities to meet that demand, the Boise Valley brought the perfect mix of location, quality of workforce and business friendly environment,” Hermon said.

The new plant will be a boon for the Nampa economy, Mayor Bob Henry said in the release.

“Nampa has made great strides in cultivating a diversity of industries in our community,” Henry said. “We’ve seen impressive growth in the food industry with global leaders like Materne opening its GoGo SqueeZ plant. We’re proud to welcome another leader to our region with Heartland RV and its new manufacturing and assembly facility making Nampa a hub of recreational vehicle production for the West Coast market.”

The factory jobs will pay an average annual salary of $38,250 with benefits. Positions will include managers, assembly line technicians, electricians, plumbers, cabinetry makers and welders.