Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. has named Kelly Green as vice president of operations with responsibilities over engineering, purchasing and manufacturing.
“The primary objective of this appointment is to improve cross-coordination of engineering, purchasing and manufacturing within Dutchmen. This will accelerate improvements with respect to operating efficiencies, cost reduction initiatives, product quality, and operational initiatives,” said Cam Boyer, president of Dutchmen in a press release.
Dutchmen said that Green brings a strong background to this position with over 16 years experience in the RV industry where he has a solid reputation for his leadership, dealer and customer relationships, and management skills. He organized and led teams responsible for customer relationships, after sale technical service support, dealer website for warranty transaction processing and part ordering, material procurement, product design, strategic investments and overall company strategy. He also was a member of the leadership team responsible for the successful turnaround of Dutchmen.
Green holds a bachelor’s in business administration and has served on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee of Excellence.
“Kelly is a strong member of the Dutchmen Team with an understanding of how to run a business successfully,” said Boyer. “He has a great depth of experience in dealing with our customers and is a strong agent for change. When you put all of these qualities and experiences into one package, we have an extraordinary resource on the Dutchmen team that will help us strive towards our goal of producing the best value products in the market. I am excited about the effect this will have on Dutchmen’s performance.”
Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced the appointment of Jordan Struble as its new Infinity brand regional sales manager for the Western Region.
“Jordan’s energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism are huge attributes that bring value to our dealer body and Dutchmen RV,” stated Rob Groover, general manager for Infinity. “There is no doubt in my mind that our current and prospective dealers will find Jordan to be a great asset to their business. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”
Struble’s territory includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.
“A key advantage is that Jordan lives in Southern California – close to the dealers he represents. The fact that he will only represent one product allows him to provide more focused attention to the dealers,” added Groover.
Struble can be reached at 949-599-4991 or email@example.com
Cam Boyer, president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., today (Dec. 22) announced a restructuring in its sales management team, according to a press release.
• Nate Goldenberg, general manager for the Voltage, Denali, Rubicon and Razorback brands, will take over responsibility for the Coleman line.
• Rob Groover, general manager for the Infinity and Komfort lines, will take over responsibility for the Dutchmen brand.
• Ryan Thwaits, general manager for Kodiak and Aspen Trail, will take over responsibility for the Aerolite brand.
“This restructuring allows Dutchmen to be more efficient, leveraging the leadership skills of our three general managers,” said Boyer. “We believe that this move gives Dutchmen the best opportunity to excel in the marketplace. Nate, Rob and Ryan have unbelievable track records and I am extremely confident that they will succeed in taking these products to the next level.”
Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. reported today (Dec. 9) that dealer traffic and sales exceeded the company’s expectations, according to a press release.
“The dealer traffic was steady and heavy at times throughout the entire three days,” said Cam Boyer, newly installed president of the Goshen, Ind.-based towable builder. “Dealers were excited about our products and everything new we introduced at the show. Orders were very strong across the board. We are ecstatic with the shows results and see this as a continuation of our very successful September open house.”
Dutchmen introduced over 30 new floorplans at the show along with new features on almost all products. Highlights included the New Infinity 3870FK front kitchen, Komfort 3650FFL front lounge, Kodiak 292TQB toy hauler, Voltage “V” Series and the all-new Dutchmen Mini 814RB.
“I was extremely impressed with the dealer response to all of our products,” said Boyer. “We look for 2012 to be a great year for not only our industry but another growing year for Dutchmen as all of our new products get into the marketplace. Our company has tremendous momentum and we are tenacious about raising the bar to the next level.”
Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. unveiled its entry-level Dutchmen 814RB travel trailer at last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, the new model features sleek styling with a radius front profile, colored front and rear exterior walls, upgraded graphics and a roomy floorplan.
Standard features include a stereo, microwave, antenna, refrigerator, spare tire, front window with rock guard and rear stabilizer jacks. Dutchmen, a Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, said three more floorplans are planned for the series.
“The acceptance was phenomenal and orders were very strong. We wanted to create a smaller, value-priced trailer that still looked high end with all the equipment standard. We accomplished that,” said Steve Paul, vice president/general manager for the Dutchmen product group.
For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call 574-537-0600.
A former vice president for Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after a conviction on a charge of wire fraud, the Goshen News reported.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Bend, Ind., Mark Schwartzhoff, 43, Odessa, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,969,035 in restitution after he entered a guilty plea to wire fraud.
He admitted in a plea agreement that in 2006 he e-mailed fraudulent financial statements from his office in Indiana to supervisors at Dutchmen’s parent company Thor Industries Inc., based in Jackson Center, Ohio. As vice president of finance for Goshen-based Dutchmen, he received a salary and bonus based on the financial performance of the company.
Prosecutors said he was responsible for managing the company’s accounting department and preparing quarterly financial reports. From 2003 through 2007 he prepared false financial statements that understated Dutchmen’s cost of goods sold and overstated its earnings and e-mailed these statements to his supervisors in Ohio. Prosecutors said he made false journal entries in accounts and altered related documentation to conceal his fraud.
As a result of these fraudulent financial statements, he received about $299,805 in bonus payments to which he was not entitled, the U.S. attorney said.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Barrett.
Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. will introduce a new Komfort fifth-wheel featuring a front lounge configuration during the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, key features in the upper deck of the 3650FFL include 6-foot, 8-inch ceiling height, two sliderooms that are six inches taller than traditional extensions and an entertainment center with a fireplace. “This is an expansive living area that you have to see to believe,” said Rob Groover, general manager for Dutchmen’s Komfort and Infinity brands.
The unit also offers a standard 12-cubic-foot side-by-side refrigerator, hardwood cabinetry throughout, a king bed and nearly four times the exterior storage versus competitive models.
“A lot of potential buyers have always wanted a front lounge floor plan,” said Groover. “However, they just couldn’t or didn’t want to spend the amount of money that these floorplans usually dictate. The 3650FFL is the most aggressively priced five-slide, front lounge floorplan in the industry. This opens up a whole new opportunity for our customers to enjoy all of the advantages of a front lounge without breaking the bank.”
The new fifth-wheel will be shown at the Dutchmen display in Booth No. 1001 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). Dutchmen, based in Goshen, Ind., is a division of Thor Industries Inc.
Thor Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 15) that Cam Boyer has been named president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., succeeding Don Clark. Boyer has been vice president, finance for Dutchmen for the past 2 1/2 years.
“Cam Boyer is the right person to continue to lead Dutchmen’s resurgence in the towable RV industry and he has the endorsement of the Dutchmen team in this new position,” said Peter B. Orthwein, Chairman and CEO of Thor Industries. “Cam has demonstrated a great knowledge of the RV industry and has been one of the key drivers of Dutchmen’s success. He brings a strategic approach to the business, using his finance acumen and relationships both inside and outside the company to propel performance.”
Boyer joined Dutchmen in 2009, having held previous leadership and management positions with Starcraft RV and Starcraft Marine.
Thor Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 10) that Don Clark, president of its Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary that also includes Komfort and Breckenridge divisions, has decided to leave the company.
“Don previously played a major role in the growth of Keystone RV and most recently led the successful turnaround of Dutchmen,” said Peter Orthwein, chairman, president and CEO of Thor. “Although we are sorry to see Don leave, we are pleased that he will stay on during a transition period until his successor at Dutchmen is in place.”
“Thor has been a great company to work for,” said Clark. “I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given over the years and wish Thor and the Thor dealers continued success in the future.”
Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor is the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses and ambulances
Goshen, Ind.-based towables builder Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. today (Sept. 9) announced the promotion of Ryan Thwaits to the position of general manager for the company’s Aspen Trail and Kodiak product lines.
“Ryan has had an immediate impact on our company from day one,” said Don Clark, president of Dutchmen, a Thor Industries Inc. company. “He has an eye for product with tremendous market knowledge, has great dealer relationships and is well deserving of his new position.
“Ryan has been instrumental in the revamping of the Kodiak product line as well as the introduction this year of the Aspen Trail entry-level travel trailer,” Clark added. “He has created products that are unique in the marketplace and has achieved tremendous growth with both lines.”
“I am excited for this opportunity to lead my team and to continue the growth of the Kodiak and Aspen trail products in the marketplace,” said Thwaits. “We are moving aggressively and with a great deal of enthusiasm to develop products that matter in the marketplace … We have some huge surprises in store for our dealers and will be unveiling an unbelievably cool new product at the upcoming open house in Elkhart at the RV Hall Fame.”