Thor to Expand Motorized Production

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Thor Industries plans expansion of capacity at its Thor Motor Coach subsidiary with the purchase of a 128,000-square-foot production facility on 18 acres located in Bristol, Ind., the company said in a news release.

“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,” Thor Motor Coach President Jeff Kime said. “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.”

“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,” Thor President and CEO Bob Martin said.

Thor Motor Coach introduced the largest number of new motorhomes in the company’s history at our annual Open House last September, with a focus on the highest volume areas of the market, according to Martin.

The main production plant was built in 1977 and contains 107,000 square feet of production space as well as 6,200 square feet of office space.

In addition, the property includes a 15,000-square-foot 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.

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