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42 • RV PRO • August 2017 rv-pro.com The RV maker known for its lightweight towables and truck campers is ramping up production and expanding its operations in a new business park to keep up with record demand for its RVs. By Steve Bibler R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S O n his way to work at Travel Lite Industries in New Paris, Ind., Dustin Johns each day drives by a pastoral setting at the corner of U.S. Highway 6 and State Route 13 in southern Elkhart County. "I always thought it was a beautiful area, but also a strategic one with its location right on U.S. 6," says Johns, the 36-year-old president and majority owner of Travel Lite. That setting has become home to the new "Syracuse 6 & 13 Technology Park," a state of Indiana certified shovel-ready industrial site; and Travel Lite and its affiliated businesses will become its first occupants. Johns' $5 million-plus investment in 27 acres and four build- ings is the result of record growth for the family-owned builder of truck campers and lightweight travel trailers. The two new factories, corporate office building and RV dealership – sched- uled to open simultaneously in the first quarter of 2018 – can't come too soon for Travel Lite, as it surpassed its entire 2016 record sales performance by the end of May and was behind filling dealer orders, Johns says. Travel Lite is literally bursting at the seams at its leased Travel Lite is Going Big Travel Lite President Dustin Johns has made a $5 million-plus investment in 27 acres and four buildings in the Syracuse 6 & 13 Technology Park, the result of record growth for the family-owned builder of truck campers and lightweight travel trailers. The two new factories, corporate office building and RV dealership – scheduled to open simultaneously in the first quarter of 2018 – can't come too soon for Travel Lite, as it surpassed its entire 2016 record sales performance by the end of May and was behind filling dealer orders. PHOTOS BY STEVE TOEPP/MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS

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