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December 5, 2013

RV industry veterans go to work on new venture, business model

Industry veterans go to work on new venture, business model


“I like it,” the dealer said of the forward-facing twin seats.

Then Fenech and the dealer discussed whether the front heating duct should be moved and if the floor should be carpet or linoleum or carpet. Carpet is best it was decided.

That kind of pitch and catch of ideas was occurring throughout the morning with dealers.

“In some ways our first year of business has gone by so fast and in others it has been a lot of work getting us here,” Clark said. “But the dealers have been extremely patient with the product that we have coming out. We have been careful to build with just excellent quality, high quality and the dealers have been very appreciative of that.”

Busy year

The first year at Grand Design has been an active one.

“Here is what’s happened in less than a year,” Clark said. “We have outfitted two of our plants for production facilities; we have introduced three brands to the market, an affordable luxury extended-stay fifth wheel Solitude; we came out with its little brother, a mid-profile fifth wheel called Reflection; and lastly we have come out with our third brand, a toy hauler fifth wheel called Momentum.”

And there’s more to come.

“We are in the developing stages of a travel trailer,” Clark said. “Sometime early next year we will be opening up our third manufacturing facility. So we are in the process of hiring more people, both manufacturing and management positions.”

The company’s work force has already topped 300 people, according to Clark.

“We are very fortunate,” Clark said. “We are blessed to have been able to attract the type of people that we got.”

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