Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 28, 2013

Thor nabs RV maker


— ELKHART — Thor Industries, Inc. recently announced that it acquired the assets of recreational vehicle maker Livin’ Lite through a wholly-owned subsidiary.  

The purchase is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed by Friday.

“We are pleased to welcome Livin’ Lite to the Thor family of RV brands. Adding such a creative RV maker to Thor’s strong stable of brands will enable us to expand our industry-leading position in new product development into camping trailers and truck campers,” said Bob Martin, Thor President and Chief Executive Officer.

Founded by former Heartland executive Scott Tuttle, Wakarusa-based Livin’ Lite is known for its advanced lightweight aluminum construction applied to a variety of smaller RVs, including travel trailers, toy haulers, camping trailers and truck campers.  Livin’ Lite also markets its products in partnership with a number of leading consumer brands including Jeep®.  Having recently been named to Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies for the third consecutive year, Livin’ Lite is expected to generate sales of approximately $24 million for calendar year 2013.

“We are excited to join forces with Thor, the leading company in the RV industry, and we are looking forward to the new growth opportunities we should see as a result,” said Scott Tuttle, President, CEO and founder of Livin’ Lite.

Thor expects to offer Livin’ Lite’s current 35 models to its current dealer network upon closing of the transaction.  The Company expects Livin’ Lite will continue to operate out of its existing Wakarusa facilities with minimal disruption to its current business resulting from the acquisition.