Thor Buys Plant to Grow Motorhome Operations
Thor Industries Inc. today (Feb. 18) announced an expansion of production capacity for its motorhomes through an agreement to purchase a 220,000-square-foot facility located in Elkhart, Ind., formerly used to produce Monaco towable recreational vehicles and owned by Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc.
According to a press release, the additional production capacity will be used to meet continued strong demand for products produced by the company’s Thor Motor Coach (TMC) subsidiary.
TMC will operate the plant with plans to begin production in the new facility during the second half of the Thor’s fiscal year. On Feb. 4, Thor announced that sales of motorized RVs increased by 43.8% to $339.3 million for the first six months ended Jan. 31.
“We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to expand our motorized operations in Elkhart County,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO. “With the recovery of the motorized RV market gaining strength over the past year, we have pursued opportunistic expansion of our motorized production capacity, first with the acquisition of the Wakarusa complex and now with this plant on the south side of Elkhart. We view this expansion as an important step to meet both our immediate production needs and long-term strategic goals for our motorized business.”
Jeff Kime, president of Thor Motor Coach, noted, “This facility presents us with the ability to expand our capacity while maintaining the flexibility to meet emerging demands for our products in the market. In addition, the increased capacity will allow us to reduce overtime and the current stress on our existing plants and better align our production volumes with higher demand for our products. We have begun operations on two production lines at our Wakarusa plant purchased last year, but that additional capacity isn’t sufficient to meet the growth of our markets. As a result, when the opportunity to set up operations in this facility presented itself, we jumped at the chance to expand production for what is shaping up to be another strong year of growth.”