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Former Dutchmen VP Receives Prison Sentence

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

 

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Dutchmen to Debut Front-Lounge Komfort Fiver

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Komfort fifth-wheel with front lounge floorplan

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.

 

 

 

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Thor Appoints Cam Boyer Dutchmen President

November 15, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

Cam Boyer

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.

 

 

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Thor Announces Don Clark Leaving Dutchmen

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

 

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Dutchmen’s Thwaits Named Aspen/Kodiak GM

September 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Thwaits

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.”

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Dutchmen Earns Five DSI Awards from RVDA

September 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Company sets record

Du Home Remedies For Bacterial Vaginosis tchmen Manufacturing Inc. was honored with a company record five RV Dealer Satisfaction Index awards, a Dutchmen news release stated.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), Dutchmen’s Kodiak, Coleman, Voltage, Rubicon and Aspen Trail brands were all recognized by the recreational dealers as products that have gone above and beyond as it relates to dealer satisfaction in the areas of vehicle design and reliability, competitive advantage, communications, sales and service support.

The awards will be presented to Dutchmen on Oct. 5 at a special ceremony as part of RVDA’s National Convention and Expo at the Rio All‐Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“To have five of our brands honored is a great privilege and shows the confidence that our dealers are putting in our products, our company, and the direction we are headed,” said Don Clark, Dutchmen RV president. “We are excited about where we are going and are humbled by the overwhelming support we are receiving from our dealers. We take this responsibility seriously and will continue to provide our dealers and customers with exciting, innovative products that will help our dealers grow in the marketplace. I want to thank the Dutchmen dealers for making these prestigious awards possible.”

New Dutchmen products and industry firsts will be on display at the Thor Open House, Sept. 20‐22. “Discover the difference.”

Dutchmen RV is aThor Industries Inc. company. Dutchmen RV produces various brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call (574) 537‐0600.

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VIDEO #2: Dutchmen 315BHDS Travel Trailer

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s Video #2 comes from Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. offering an in-depth tour of the company’s Dutchmen 315BHDS travel trailer.

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Dutchmen RV’s Voltage Cracks Top 25 in U.S.

March 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Dutchmen Voltage toy hauler

Dutchmen Voltage toy hauler

In less than four months from its introduction, Voltage luxury toy haulers from Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. have entered the top 25 retail sales for fifth-wheels in the United States, the company reported in a news release.

Voltage is ranked No. 24 according to the January 2011 Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) Market report.

Tom Walworth, SSI’s general manager, commented, “This accomplishment is unprecedented in the history of luxury toy haulers. Retail sales are showing a significant increase in the $50,000 plus prince point. Voltage is performing very well in this segment.”

Nate Goldenberg, general manager of Dutchmen RV’s Denali, Voltage and Rubicon product lines, credits the success of the brand to the innovative product design and the quality of dealers Voltage has attracted to Dutchmen.

“When we developed Voltage, we knew that the product had to be simply better than the competition,” he said. “There are a lot of “cookie cutter” toy haulers in the market today. Voltage had to offer unique product advantages and offer the most features and value in the toy hauler segment.”

“Since Voltage was an entirely new product line to Dutchmen, we had a clean slate when it came to selecting dealers to market the brand. We identified the best “A-Dealers” in each of the major markets and targeted them to sell the product line. We showed these dealers the prototypes and included their feedback and suggestions into the design before Voltage was launched.”

Voltage currently offers four 102-inch wide high profile fifth-wheel floorplans from 35 feet to 42 feet and retails for $54,000 to $68,000. Floorplans feature 7-foot, 6-inch tall super slides in the main living area, innovative side aisle bathrooms, and exclusive bedroom designs with either a huge wardrobe slide or a king bed slide with a front walk in closet. Voltage offers floorplans with garages from 10 feet to 14 feet feet and is available in five different exterior paint packages.

Don Clark, president of Dutchmen RV, said, “One of Mr. Goldenberg’s goals, when coming to Dutchmen, was to cut his own path and create something meaningful for the industry. I’m pleased to say that Nate and his sales team have accomplished this with Voltage.”

Goldenberg said, “We are very pleased with the enthusiastic response we have received from retail consumers on the product line. It’s the hit of the shows. At many dealerships Voltage is retailing as soon as it is received on the lot. With more floorplans coming soon, we are looking forward to a successful spring and summer selling season and for Voltage to continue to climb up the retail rankings.

Dutchmen RV is a division of Thor industries Inc. Dutchmen RV produces several brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call (574) 537-0600.

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Gary Stanley Joins Dutchmen RV’s Sales Team

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Gary Stanley

Gary Stanley

Gary Stanley has been appointed to represent Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s Denali, Voltage and Rubicon products in the Midwestern U.S., according to Nate Goldenberg, general manager of those three product lines for the Goshen, Ind.-based RV manufacturer.

Stanley, an 18-year veteran of the RV industry, most recently served as national sales manager for another RV manufacturer before joining Dutchmen, a division of Thor Industries Inc. Previously, he was the general manager for one of the largest RV dealerships in Oklahoma.

“We are very excited about having Gary join our team,” said Goldenberg. “His experience in both the wholesale and retail side of our business will prove to be invaluable to his dealers. He understands the complexities of running a retail RV dealership. This experience in the wholesale and retail sides of the business will allow him to partner with his dealers and create a relationship that extends well past the point of  delivery.”

Stanley is a resident of Elkhart, Ind. His office is located at Dutchmen’s offices in Goshen.

Stanley said, “I am looking forward to helping my dealers be very successful with the products and helping Dutchmen continue its incredible growth in the market. The Denali, Voltage and Rubicon product lines are the best in the industry. I am honored to be given the opportunity to become a part of the ‘New’ Dutchmen.”

Gary Stanley can be contacted by calling his office (574) 537-0600, cell (574) 538-7265 or by e-mailing gstanley@dutchmen.com

Dutchmen RV produces several brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call (574) 537-0600.

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Dutchmen Debuts 1st Indiana-Built Komfort

January 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

From Left To Right Rob Groover, General Manager  - Komfort and Infinity Brands of Dutchmen RV Loren Baidas – President General RV Center Ken Walters – General RV Center Tim Nicholson – GM General RV Center Akron OH Kevin Finn – Product Manager - Komfort and Infinity Brands of Dutchmen RV

From left are Rob Groover, general manager of Komfort and Infinity brands of Dutchmen RV; Loren Baidas, president of General RV Center; Ken Walters of General RV Center; Tim Nicholson, general manager of General RV Center, Akron, Ohio; and Kevin Finn, product manager of Komfort and Infinity brands.

Rob Groover, general manager of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s Komfort and Infinity divisions, announced today (Jan. 19) that General RV Center of Akron, Ohio, received delivery of the first Komfort fifth-wheel produced in Indiana.

The unit arrived earlier this month and was debuted at the recent Cleveland RV show.

According to Groover, “We are extremely excited to welcome General RV to the Komfort dealer group. General RV Center is one of the nation’s premier RV dealerships. We are honored to be able to present the Komfort line to their generations of loyal customers.”

Loren Baidas, president of General RV Center, said, “After reviewing the all new Komfort travel trailer and fifth-wheel product at the Louisville RV show, we were so confident that Dutchmen nailed it with Komfort, we added the line at all 10 of our dealerships. We were impressed with the contemporary design of the product, the beautiful decors and innovative floor plans. There is nothing like it in the marketplace. The product is priced right and will be a terrific addition to the product lines we represent.”

Baidas added, “We took our first 38-foot bunk house unit to the Cleveland show and were very pleased with response from customers. We sold 10 coaches with only one floorplan in the show. We knew the Komfort brand was going to do well, but these results exceeded our expectations.”

According to Groover, “The Komfort name is known for quality, innovation, and customer service. We are proud to play a role in growing this highly respected brand name. We look forward to serving the current Komfort dealers and new dealers across North America.

Dutchmen RV is a division of Thor industries. Dutchmen RV produces several brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Komfort, Grand Junction, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or 574-537-0600.

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