A year ago, Middlebury, Indiana-based Grand Design RV was just beginning.
But today, more than 1300 fifth wheels later, it’s clearly a winner, reports South Bend Tribune.
“We never cease to be amazed at how well our product is being received by both the RV dealers and retail consumers,” said Don Clark, company president, who owns the business along with Bill and Ron Fenech.
“The success has surpassed the founding trio’s expectations. It’s incredible.”
The numbers are certainly giving the Elkhart County economy a boost.
Currently more than 250 workers are employed on the 67-acre campus.
Two production lines are running and a third will be added in the next two months. When that line is totally operational, the company should employ more than 360 workers. The first line has already produced 1,000 RVs.
The company is still targeting four lines and a total of 500 employees by 2016, possibly sooner.
A key to the company’s success certainly is the reception it’s getting from consumers and recreational vehicles to dealers, Clark said.
“The retail consumers love the design, the interior appeal,” Clark said.
“They love the innovations we’ve put in the product, and more than anything, they love the quality.”
The innovations include a floor that’s easy to clean.
“Years ago, in our industry, our products were full of carpet,” he said.
“People are camping and they don’t want to have a vacuum cleaner out all the time.”
The Solitude also offers ample storage room with a 6-foot tall pantry.
“It’s one of the largest pantries for food storage in our industry,” Clark said.
Additional amenities include recliner seating, hard-surface countertops and high, gooseneck faucets.
The company is also producing a luxury toy hauler, a fifth wheel, called the Momentum, and a midsize, mid-priced fifth wheel called the Reflection.
Additional products will be introduced in 2014, he added.
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
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