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Donati Getting Back in the Motorhome Biz

Claude Donati

Claude Donati

Newly formed motorhome manufacturer Nexus RV announced it has temporarily located its corporate offices in Innovation Park at the University of Notre Dame in Northern Indiana.

The company plans to produce motorhomes in Northern Indiana or Southern Michigan, according to a news release.

“As we finalize many of the details in our initial phase, Innovation Park offers many great resources,” said Claude Donati, president.  “The environment here is conducive for a thorough and professional approach to make many of the important decisions a new company has to make.”

Donati, formerly vice president of the motorized division at Gulf Stream Coach Inc., in nearby Nappanee, Ind, added,  “It is our plan to determine the location of our production campus within the next 60 days. We are analyzing several facilities to assure our needs will be met not only for our initial phase but as we grow. Many traditional sites are being reviewed but we are also looking at those areas where the community is eager to create tax revenue.”

Donati announced his resignation from Gulf Stream in mid-June.

“It is with great excitement and ambition I resign my post as the vice president of the motorized division of Gulf Stream Coach,” Donati said in response to RVBUSINESS.com’s inquiry. “I appreciate the 15 years that I worked at Gulf Stream and will miss the many employees that I worked with over the years. I would like to especially thank (Motorized Division President) Brian Shea for the many years of opportunity he provided for me and my family.

“As for my future,” Donati continued, “it is my hope and expectation to be part of a company in the RV industry. I will rely on my many years in manufacturing and my vast knowledge of the business as well as the many relationships I was fortunate enough to establish to create a business that will allow me to contribute to the local economy and to remain an active member of the RV community.”

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#1 Comment By Adam On July 30, 2010 @ 11:26 am

Good luck Claude!

I hope you are successful with Nexus. Its a saturated market, but with great quality and thinking outside the box I’m sure you’ll do fine.
The banks will be challenging though… typically without a great deal of cash in a “slush account” banks won’t floorplan your product for a few years.
Good luck and have fun with it!

#2 Comment By Bill Mirrielees On July 30, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

Best wishes Claude.