NuWa to Cease Production

Chanute, Kansas-based NuWa Industries may close for good after a planned production stoppage in December.

CEO Michael S. Mitchell of NuWa has posted the following letter on the manufacturer’s website:

Limited Time to Order A New HitchHiker

The number of “build” orders being taken by NuWa is not supporting efficiency of the production department. Rather than continue to fund and operate the production department at a loss, I have made the decision to “not” accept “to build” orders after September 15th, 2012.

The intent is to complete orders “in house” by Christmas, as the Winter months of January, February, and March do not provide enough production activity to justify retaining production staff.

Whether this termination of production is temporary or permanent, I do not yet know, but our experience so far is that we cannot generate enough new unit sales to support efficient or breakeven production.

This decision goes against management’s desire to retain jobs for our dedicated employees and our community, but shareholders cannot continue to fund the production inefficiencies.

NuWa is committed to and will continue to provide retail sales of new and used HitchHikers and other high end 5th wheel brands.

We continue to explore having limited HitchHiker models produced to our specifications by another high end manufacturer. An inventory of 40+ new HitchHikers is “in stock” at NuWa and affiliated dealers, and we feel our staff better meets the needs of full time and serious 5th wheel RVers than do most dealers.

We will continue to provide warranty and parts and hope to expand the service department, which is known for quality and value.

Refurbishment of used HitchHikers will continue to provide exceptional used units to the marketplace and more emphasis will be placed on purchase and/or consignment of high end 5th wheels from customers, who wish to sell their trailer.

But if you want a new HitchHiker built exactly to your specifications, that order needs to be in place quickly or we will respectfully not accept it.

We will accept orders only as long as we feel they can be completed by Christmas or before, and our present lead time is running 12 weeks.


NuWa Industries, Inc.

As the oldest existing manufacturer of fifth wheels, NuWa has a tradition of fifth wheel innovation that dates back to 1969.

Address: 3701 Johnson Road, Chanute, KS 66720

Phone: (620) 431-2088 or 800-835-0676


Worth Pondering…

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

—Martha Washington

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