Thor expanding RV production in Indiana

Thor expanding RV production in Indiana

Company buying Bristol plant to add more Class C motorhomes.

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March 22, 2016

Elkhart, Indiana – Thor Industries Inc. is expanding production capacity at its Thor Motor Coach subsidiary with the purchase of a 128,000ft2 production facility on approximately 18 acres located in Bristol, Indiana.

"This is a very exciting time of growth for Thor Motor Coach, and we expect this new facility to help us continue our momentum in Class C motorhomes," says Jeff Kime, Thor Motor Coach president. "This new facility is located within a few miles of our main Elkhart production complex and will provide us the opportunity to establish a dedicated production line for our new upscale Quantum Class C motorhome line following the strong initial response from dealers and consumers since its introduction this past fall."

Thor President and CEO Bob Martin adds, "We continue to see a shift in the market from higher-end Class A motorhomes to smaller Class A gas and Class C motorhomes. That has been a trend for some time…. With strong demand from dealers and consumers for Thor Motor Coach's Class C brands in particular, we have an immediate need for the additional production capacity. This existing facility met the requirements in terms of physical features, proximity to existing facilities, as well as the ability to take possession and transition production quickly."

The main production plant was built in 1977 and contains 107,000ft2 feet of production space as well as 6,200ft2 of office space. In addition, the property includes a 15,000ft2 building that was constructed in 2001, which will be used for metal fabrication. Thor Motor Coach anticipates initial production to begin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

Source: Thor Industries Inc.