Prime Time Delivers 1,000th RV, Adds Workers

May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials from Tom Raper RV were given the keys to Prime Time Mfg.'s 1,000th unit recently. Pictured (l-r): Jim Leep, Ed unger, Scott Miller and Eddie Unger from Tim Raper RV, and Jason Gill, Jeff Rank and Chris Hermon from Prime Time.

Officials from Tom Raper RV were given the keys to Prime Time Manufacturing's 1,000th unit recently. Pictured (l-r): Jim Leep, Ed Unger, Scott Miller and Eddie Unger from Tom Raper RV, and Jason Gill, Jeff Rank and Chris Hermon from Prime Time.

Recently formed Prime Time Manufacturing, a division of Forest River Inc., celebrated a manufacturing milestone Tuesday (May 11) with the delivery of its 1,000th travel trailer from its production facility in Wakarusa, Ind. The company also used the opportunity to announce a planned expansion and the addition of “a significant amount” of employees.

The towable builder recognized the achievement with a brief ceremony and luncheon attended by more than 130 production workers, vendors and Wakarusa town officials. Many of the employees have been with the company since its inception in September 2009.

Special guests included the management team of Tom Raper RV, who were presented the keys to the milestone unit — a Tracer 3000 BHD. With three locations in Indiana and Ohio, Tom Raper RV is Prime Time’s largest volume dealer.

“Both the Tracer and LaCrosse have proven to be very innovative, well-built and quite popular with our retail customers,” said Dave Bane, president of the multi-site dealership. “We love Prime Time’s aggressive approach to product development and are proud to take delivery of their 1,000th unit.”

During the ceremony, Prime Time President Jeff Rank announced plans to introduce the company’s first line of fifth-wheels, to be called Crusader.

“We will begin production by the end of May and expect to be hiring a significant amount of additional employees within the next few weeks,” he noted. “The management team at Prime Time understands the fifth-wheel market and we look forward to making Crusader an industry leader.”

For more information regarding Prime Time Manufacturing, go to or call (574) 862-3001.

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Obama to Speak at Navistar Facility in Wakarusa, Ind.

August 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

President Obama has chosen a former Monaco Coach Corp. facility in Wakarusa, ind., now owned by Navistar International Corp., to deliver remarks on the economy on Wednesday, the White House announced today (Aug. 3).

Obama will discuss the immediate steps the federal government has taken to rescue the economy and the long-term investments the government is making to rebuild for the future, according to the White House release.

He will discuss how to build a new economic foundation strong enough to withstand future economic storms and support lasting prosperity, and how the U.S. can recapture the spirit of innovation that has always moved America forward.

The event will be by invititation only but open to the press. The arrival and departure of Air Force One will be open to the press but closed to the public.

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