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Thor Industries LogoThor Industries, Inc. announced expansion plans to support the ongoing growth of its businesses. Thor Wakarusa LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor Industries, purchased the recreational vehicle (RV) production campus in Wakarusa, Indiana that was formerly operated by Navistar International Corporation. The land and production facilities, including certain related equipment, are to be purchased from a company owned by New York-based American Industrial Partners (AIP).

Bob Martin, Thor President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “This purchase marks an important step forward in the growth of our RV business. With this new production complex, we will be better positioned to achieve our long-term strategic growth initiatives. Even more compelling, this purchase will allow us to expand capacity faster and at a lower cost than other options. We are excited about the future prospects of reinvigorating the Wakarusa facilities.”

The purchased facilities are comprised of nearly one million square feet of total production space located on more than 150 acres located in Wakarusa, Indiana. In addition to the production space, the complex includes more than 35 paint booths designed specifically for painting recreational vehicles. Initially, Thor plans to use the facilities for motorized production to better enable Thor Motor Coach to meet current and expected demand, and to vertically integrate paint operations through a facility operated by Thor’s Keystone subsidiary. The facility includes space that offers the potential for additional production as well. Thor expects to finalize transition planning once the seller exits the facilities which is expected to occur late this summer.

 

Prior to the recession, Winnebago Industries and the current Monaco RV were giants among motorhome manufacturers. But high fuel prices followed by the crash of the housing market left the entire motorized segment of the RV industry — including Winnebago and Monaco — stalled on the side of the road.

At the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, both companies have been showcasing their plans for re-establishing themselves in the market. They are confident the recreational vehicles they have on display will resonate with retail customers and create new jobs in their Elkhart County, Ind., factories.

New Towable Line for Winnebago

Winnebago has chosen to return to producing towables after a 30-year absence while Monaco is drawing upon the components and expertise available from its new owner, Navistar International Corp.

While standing in the new Winnebago brand travel trailer, Fred Hershberger, national sales manager, expressed his company’s self-assurance.

“If you can dream it, you can build it,” he said. “We can do anything we want to do.”

New Winnebago Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

New Winnebago Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

Innovation, Quality & Customer Service Focus for Monaco

Since the summer of 2009, when Monaco Coach Corp. was bought out of bankruptcy by Navistar and renamed Monaco RV, production has returned to the once-closed plant in Wakarusa, Ind. This summer, the Indiana operation was given a boost when Navistar announced it was consolidating motorhome production from Oregon to Wakarusa and creating about 400 new jobs.

Although it is a smaller company trying to regain market share, Monaco has the advantage of the Navistar name and experience, Crews said. Monaco motorhomes, in particular, are built with a Navistar engine on a Roadmaster (a Navistar subsidiary) chassis.

“We are the only manufacturer in the world that builds the engine, the chassis and the house,” Crews said. “We’re not a house builder. We’re a motorhome builder.”

To grow, the company has chosen to focus on innovation, customer service and quality, Crews said. Customers have a “Lexus mentality,” meaning they want the RVs to function properly, which makes quality especially important.

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Recall Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
WORKHORSE / W42 2011
WORKHORSE / W46 2011
Manufacturer: NAVISTAR, INC Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 14, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V326000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:WHEEL AND HANDLE BAR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 34
Summary:
 NAVISTAR IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 W42 AND W46 WORKHORSE CHASSIS MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 1, 2011, THROUGH MAY 25, 2011. THE STEERING WHEEL COMPONENTS DO NOT MEET DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS. AS A RESULT, THE STEERING WHEEL INNER PIECE MAY SEPARATE FROM THE OUTER PIECE, WHICH MAY DECREASE THE DRIVER’S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE.
Consequence:
 DECREASED DRIVER CONTROL MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH RESULTING IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY, OR DEATH.
Remedy:
 NAVISTAR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SUSPECT STEERING WHEEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JULY 24, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NAVISTAR AT 1-800-448-7825.
Notes:
 NAVISTAR’S VEHICLE RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 20111-C. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

 

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