A new towable RV manufacturing company is now setting up shop at the former Travel Supreme Inc. facility on Ind. 19 in Wakarusa, Ind., and is gearing up to begin production soon.
A division of a larger, well-capitalized corporation, the new company, whose name has not been revealed, will be led by two former Thor Industries Inc. executives, RVBUSINESS.com has confirmed.
The 160,000-square-foot facility housed Travel Supreme, until it closed in April 2008.
The startup will make multiple product lines, including lightweight trailers.
Further details, such as the company’s name, were unavailable.
It is at least the fourth new start-up RV manufacturing firm in Elkhart County this year, joining the ranks of Heritage One, Fiber-Lite Corp. and Earthbound RV LLC.
This news also amounts to another positive development for Wakarusa, located in southwest Elkhart County, which has been decimated by the recession.
Earlier in the year, the community welcomed Electric Motors Corp., which announced plans to manufacture electric hybrid vehicles in partnership with Nappanee-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. And in recent weeks, Monaco RV LLC, successor to Monaco Coach Corp., began rehiring employees to reoccupy Monaco’s Wakarusa facilities to build motorized and towable RVs.
One-year-old Fiber-Lite Corp., Elkhart, Ind., has added a 16-foot floorplan to its Xcape product line, according to Tom White, general manager. The floorplan features a bathroom, convertible dinette and a 48-inch sofa. Now standard on the 2010 16′ Xcape are air conditioner, aluminum wheels, twin 20-pound LP cylinders, built-in microwave, electric brake axle, 12-volt system, spare tire with carrier, two-burner stove top, PVC roof and awning. “By offering the Sixteen we are filling the demand for a lightweight, entry-level travel trailer with a bathroom,” White said. At just over 2,200 pounds the 16-foot Xcape joins the 12-foot (1,550 pounds) and the 15-foot (1,850 pounds) Xcape product line. MSRP: $9,520.