Thor Industries has announced that its Heartland subsidiary will initiate several building projects continuing through the end of 2017. The new facilities are in response to the growing demand for Heartland’s travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.
The company will add more than 500,000 square feet of production space to its campuses in Elkhart, Middlebury, and Howe, Ind., as well as its West Coast operations in Nampa, Idaho.
“We continue to see significant growth in the demand for Heartland’s family of travel trailer and fifth wheel brands,” said Chris Hermon, Heartland president, who described the recent growth as having stretched the company’s existing capacity to its limits.
The expansion in Elkhart includes three facilities: a 78,000-square-foot plant which is to produce the Road Warrior and Edge toy haulers; a 77,000-square-foot plant, set to open in March, that will be used to produce smaller travel trailers under the Terry, Prowler, and Trail Runner brands; and a third facility that will be dedicated to pre-delivery inspection for Heartland’s products.
The expansion in Middlebury includes a 139,000-square-foot towable production facility that is expected to begin operation in August.
The expansion in Howe includes two buildings: the first is expected to be completed in September and will be used to produce Cruiser RV’s MPG and Radiance laminated travel trailers; the second is expected to be completed in early 2018 and will be used to produce Cruiser RV’s Shadow Cruiser and Fun Finder laminated travel trailers.
The Idaho expansion includes the addition of a second production line covering 97,000 square feet for the production of Cruiser RV’s Shadow Cruiser line and Heartland’s Sundance line of travel trailers. This additional line began operation in January.
“We have greatly improved quality, warranty, and response times to our dealers over the past 24 months, but we are not satisfied. With these expansions in Elkhart, Heartland will be positioned to further improve our quality and service to our dealers and end users,” said Hermon. “The PDI facility will allow for all of Heartland’s units to undergo an inspection of stringent pre-delivery conditions that must be passed prior to shipment. This process will allow us to ship units to dealers that are prepared for display on their lots with the level of quality consumers expect.”
“Our products have been hitting the right note with dealers and consumers, resulting in continued strong growth in orders and backlogs,” Hermon added. “As we expand capacity to meet demand, our facilities will have a brand focus and production layout that will enhance our product quality. With these moves, Heartland will be well positioned to meet the already strong, yet still growing demand for its products.”
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