Americans are hitting the road in recreational vehicles. CBS News reported that sales this year top half a million units — the highest in nearly four decades. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.)
Part of northern Indiana is the birthplace for 85% of all the RVs in this country. And they can’t seem to build them fast enough.
The lots at Jayco Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., are lined with all kinds of RVs selling for $15,000 on up.
CBS News opted for the cavernous luxury of the Entegra model with Thor President and CEO Bob Martin. On board there are couches, cabinets, a fridge, a fireplace — and more.
“People love to travel with their own bedding,” said Martin. “Their own linens, their own showers.”
During the Great Recession, unemployment in this region was close to 20%. Today, it’s 2%.
Matt Lester was once laid off, but now he is a foreman.
“Things have loosened up a lot,” Lester said. “We’ve come a long way in the industry. We really have.”
A Jayco warehouse will soon need 400 more workers at starting salaries near $50,000 a year.
Nearby Elkhart, once down on its luck, is now high on the hog with a bustling downtown and a local KFC offering a $150 hiring bonus.
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