Lane County Seeing Signs of Growth for RVs
After a round of hiring early this year, Coburg, Ore.-based Marathon Coach Inc., a luxury motor coach maker, is at it again, with plans to add 25 employees by mid-September to its 147-person workforce.
The Register Guard reported that Marathon most likely will announce more hiring in the next 18 months, given the strong demand for its coaches, said Steve Schoellhorn, Marathon president and owner.
“We’re seeing good demand for our product, and we’re going to be smart how we grow the business. But as the demand allows, we’ll continue to grow,” he said.
After some dark days in the Great Recession, recreational vehicle manufacturing in the United States is making a comeback.
“The general industry trend is we’re growing like crazy,” said Kevin Broom, spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, an industry trade group based in Reston, Va.
“This year we’ll be back at 90& to 95% of our prerecession shipment levels,” he said.
Since 2009, that growth largely has been concentrated in Indiana, where 83% of U.S.-made RVs are manufactured, Broom said.
But a bit of RV manufacturing is returning to Lane County, with the hiring at Marathon and the opening earlier this year of Carry-On Trailer Corp., a Georgia-based manufacturer that is making enclosed utility trailers in part of the former Monaco Coach Corp. plant in Coburg.