Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel

Middlebury, Indiana-based Grand Design RV announced the delivery of its 1,000th fifth-wheel to Camp-Land RV in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel (L-R) Dave Paschen, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Pam Argostino, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Rob Groover, Sales, Grand Design RV; Pat Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Jeremiah Grubert, Sales, Grand Design RV; Al Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Don Clark, President, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Bill Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Ron Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV

Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel (L-R) Dave Paschen, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Pam Argostino, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Rob Groover, Sales, Grand Design RV; Pat Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Jeremiah Grubert, Sales, Grand Design RV; Al Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Don Clark, President, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Bill Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Ron Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV

“We are very pleased to announce that, in less than one year from our company’s beginning, Grand Design’s first production line has produced and shipped over 1,000 luxury, extended-stay fifth-wheels,” Don Clark, president and co-owner of Grand Design RV, said in a news release.

“According to Statistical Surveys, Grand Design has already climbed the rankings and has now become the 13th largest producer of fifth-wheels in the entire industry. We credit this accomplishment to our incredible work force and the pride and care they take in building our products, leading product designs and our dealer body comprised of the ‘who’s who’ of the finest dealers in the business.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Camp-Land RV,” continued Clark.

“Camp-Land and Grand Design share similar business philosophies such as ‘do what’s right,’ ‘take proper care of your retail customers’ and ‘be personally involved as owners in the day-to-day oversight of your business.’ Being in business for 52 years, it is obvious that Camp-Land has been doing something right for a long, long time.”

Marc Hauser, Grand Design’s general manager of the Solitude and Momentum brands, added, “In celebration of the delivery of our 1,000th unit, Camp-Land RV graciously hosted an open house on October 12.

The Solitude has helped get Grand Design RV off to a fast start in its first year. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

The Solitude has helped get Grand Design RV off to a fast start in its first year. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

Don Clark, Bill Fenech and Ron Fenech (owners of Grand Design) along with Grand Design Regional Sales Managers Rob Groover and Jeremiah Gruber were there to personally present the keys of the 1,000th fifth-wheel produced by Grand Design to the ownership and management team of Camp-Land.”

The company also reported that in about 30 days it will be opening a third production line that will add 130 new jobs.

Currently more than 250 workers are employed on the 67-acre campus.

The company is targeting four lines and a total of 500 employees by 2016, possibly sooner.

Details

Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company

Grand Design RV is a privately owned company founded by close friends Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech (each having over 25 years of experience in the RV industry).

Their careers have been devoted to leading some of the most successful companies in the RV industry, being part of the ownership team that led Keystone RV Company to be the largest travel trailer and fifth wheel company in the world.

Grand Design RV Company has over 400,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities located on 67 acres in the rural community of Middlebury, Indiana.

Address: 11333 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-8000

Website: granddesignrv.com

The Grand Design Solitude  features easy-to-clean floors and recliner seats among other amenities. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

The Grand Design Solitude features easy-to-clean floors and recliner seats among other amenities. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

Worth Pondering…

For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930s and ’40s.

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing one line of a four-line couplet—and the obligatory fifth sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Here is one of the actual signs:

Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

X marks the spot

BURMA SHAVE

Did this bring back any old memories?

If not, you’re merely a child.

If they do—then you’re old as dirt—LIKE ME!

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