Former British Columbia builder Adventurer Manufacturing Ltd. is set to begin production at its new headquarters in Yakima, Wash.
The company, which manufactures slide-in truck campers and Class C motorhomes, was a welcome addition to the area’s manufacturing sector. In 2005, Trail Wagons/Chinook RV closed its doors and Western RV Inc. shut down operations last April.
According to Adventurer, several of its key management personnel previously worked for Western and Chinook, including:
• Dave Frampton, director of product development and engineering. Frampton has 18 years management and most recently held a similar position with Western RV.
• Jeff Gaskell, director of operations. Gaskell has managed light/medium industrial manufacturing facilities since 1978, with experience in the consumer, commercial, and military fields. He held a similar position during the last eight years with Chinook.
• Burk Morgan, director of sales and marketing. Morgan has 25 years experience in sales, marketing and customer service to the recreational vehicle industry at both the wholesale and retail level. He most recently served in a similar capacity with Western RV.
• Bill Hahn, director of purchasing and warranty. Hahn has more than 25 years experience providing supply chain management in the residential, manufactured housing, and recreational vehicle industries. He recently held the position of purchasing manager with Chinook
James Epp, president and CEO noted: “As we celebrate the beginning of our 40th anniversary year, I am pleased to announce these additions to our management team. Each of these gentlemen bring with them many years experience in creating, manufacturing and marketing premium recreational vehicles. The combined passion and experience of this team will position Adventurer for growth in 2009 and beyond, and substantially increase value to the consumer and our Adventurer dealer partners.”