Responding to growing demand and mounting sales, towable builder Open Range RV Co. will be expanding its facilities in Shipshewana, Ind., with plans to hire additional workers.
“Open Range RV Company has been a great partner in Shipshewana and LaGrange County, which is why the company has been the recipient of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp.’s (LCEDC) Business Excellence award three years in a row,” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the LCEDC, in a press release. “Their rapid growth in such a short period of time is a demonstration of their company’s quality craftsmanship and is a testament to Open Range’s motto: ‘Enjoy the Journey!’ We look forward to continuing to build upon our great relationship with Open Range RV as they expand.”
According to the year-end report from Statistical Surveys Inc., Open Range continues to build market share, ranking No. 5 among fifth-wheel builders for 2012. “It is an honor that our high-quality fifth wheels and travel trailers are being recognized as providing a customer with a great unit with exceptional amenities, and at a price that is affordable,” said Randy Graber, president of Open Range.
Founded in 2007 with just three employees, the company has shown marked sales growth every year, including 2013. “So far, at the end of the first quarter of 2013, comparing this to 2012, we are experiencing a 31.1% increase in retail sales. We are truly humbled that our customers and dealers believe in our products,” Graber said.
Open Range has also been recognized with multiple “Quality Circle Awards” by the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), testament to the builder’s commitment to quality construction, innovative features and floorplans, and reduced weight, according to Gillenwater.
“The demand for Open Range’s recreational vehicles led our relatively new company to continue to grow during the recent recession, and as the economy has recovered, demand for new units has increased tremendously,” said Pam Graber, vice president of operations for Open Range RV.