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Dutchmen’s Komfort Garners Best Buy Rating

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen's Komfor trailer was named a Consumer's Digest Best Buy

Komfort’s 2410RK rear kitchen travel trailer by Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. was recognized by Consumer’s Digest magazine as a Best Buy travel trailer in its May/June 2012 issue.

According to a press release, the Best Buy title is awarded to less than 3% of the products competing in any particular category. In the magazine’s “Road to Recovery” article, Komfort was cited as the one product among dozens that “delivers all of the amenities that you’d expect from a premium travel trailer, but with more space for a lower price than other models deliver.”

Rich Dzierwa, editor of Consumer’s Digest, said, “Komfort stood out and rose to the top in what we deemed premium travel trailers.” The Best Buy product recommendation was a combination of product features, performance and price.

“Komfort was the least expensive of the travel trailer products reviewed, based on quality of construction, features, use of space and ease of towing,” Dzierwa stated. Research procedures for product evaluations are “comprehensive and diligent from the start.” He added that the magazine is “designed to serve consumers by helping them spend their money wisely.”

Rob Groover, general manager for Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen’s Infinity, Komfort and Dutchmen product lines, noted, “Komfort is a premium travel trailer at a midline price. This is not a cookie-cutter RV. There’s nothing like it on the market, especially in this price category.”

Groover added that Komfort models have a high insulation value, making them ideal for extended camping in most types of weather. Inside, modern interiors feature leather furniture with simple, contemporary lines and fresh decors with premium flooring. A crowned ceiling increases headroom. The exterior is set off by a sleek, aerodynamic front fiberglass cap and contemporary graphics.

 

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Dutchmen Appoints Durkee as West Coast RSM

April 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beau Durkee

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced today (April 23) the appointment of Beau Durkee as West Coast regional sales manager for the company’s Aerolite and Dutchmen brand towable lines.

“Beau comes to Dutchmen with over 15 years of RV retail experience along with eight years of wholesale experience, and will contribute greatly to the success of the Aerolite and Dutchmen brand products,” said Matt Berg, product manager for the Goshen, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary.

“I’m incredibly excited about joining the sales team at Dutchmen,” said Durkee. “The Aerolite and Dutchmen products look spectacular and the West Coast production facility is a huge advantage for dealers.”

Durkee can be can be reached at Dutchmen by phone at 574-349-5522 and email at bdurkee@Dutchmen.com.

 

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Dutchmen, Jellystone Parks Launch Promotion

April 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumers who purchase a new Dutchmen travel trailer or fifth-wheel this year are getting an extra bonus – a free night of camping at any Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in the U.S. or Canada.

“We think this is a great way to introduce our customers to the many fun-filled, family Jellystone Parks across North America – we are excited to have the opportunity of introducing the Dutchmen RV brands to the Club Yogi Rewards members as well,” said Bruce Hardy, director of marketing for Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., adding that this year is the first time the Goshen, Ind.-based company has partnered with a campground chain to offer free camping.

According to a press release, the promotion is also the first of its kind for Club Yogi Rewards, the points-based loyalty program for Jellystone Parks, said Lauri Hart, loyalty program manager for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks.

Hart said Dutchmen buyers will receive a voucher that they redeem online for 6,000 rewards points. “That’s enough points for one night of free camping in a premium campsite, but Dutchmen buyers can also continue to accumulate points for additional nights of free camping as they continue to camp at Jellystone Parks around the country,” Hart said.

Jellystone Parks have been on the expansion mode in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, adding new parks in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Nova Scotia.

Dutchmen, for its part, has launched several initiatives in recent months to improve its sales and competitiveness in the RV marketplace, including restructuring its sales management team and making internal moves to improve product quality and manufacturing efficiency.

 

 

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Dutchmen Appoints Paston as Regional Manager

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Paston

Cam Boyer, president of Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., announced today (March 9) that Scott Paston was appointed regional sales manager for the company’s Dutchmen and Aerolite brand product lines.

“Scott comes to Dutchmen with 12 years experience in sales and will contribute greatly to the success of the Dutchmen and Aerolite brand products,” said Boyer. “Scott’s territory includes the central and Southwest states.”

Paston can be contacted at 574‐975‐9976 or spaston@Dutchmen.com.

Dutchmen RV is an operating unit of Thor Industries Inc. produces  travel trailers and fifth-wheels under the brands Aerolite, Aspen Trail, Breckenridge, Coleman, Denali, Dutchmen, Infinity, Kodiak, Komfort, Rubicon and Voltage. For more information visit www.dutchmen.com.

 

 

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Dutchmen Names Matt Berg as Product Manager

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Berg

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced today (March 7) that Matt Berg has been appointed product manager for the company’s Dutchmen brand product line.

“Matt comes to Dutchmen with a tremendous record in RV industry,” said Cam Boyer, president of the Goshen, Ind.-based towable builder. “His 17 years experience in sales and product development will contribute greatly to the momentum that we have with the Dutchmen brand product.”

He added, “Matt will focus on product development and sales management for the Dutchmen brand travel trailer product.”

Berg can be reached at Dutchmen by phone at 574‐975‐0503 and email at mberg@Dutchmen.com.

 

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Dutchmen Appoints Kelly Green VP of Operations

January 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Kelly Green

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.”

 

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Struble to Head Dutchmen Infinity Sales in West

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jordan Struble

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 jstruble@dutchmen.com

 

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Dutchmen RV Realigns Sales Management Team

December 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cam Boyer, president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., today (Dec. 22) announced a restructuring in its sales management team, according to a press release.

Changes include:

• 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.”

 

 

 

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Dutchmen RV Reports Steady Sales at Louisville

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen's display stayed busy in Louisville

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.”

 

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Dutchmen Debuts Entry-Level Trailer in Louisville

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen 814RB travel trailer

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.

 

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