A group of employees from defunct Terra Group LLC – formerly Nappanee Window – has reopened Terra Group’s former lamination factory in Riverside, Calif., to make sidewalls, entry and baggage doors, and other products for the RV and cargo trailer industries.
“We are trying to get back some of Nappanee’s old clients and get some new clients ourselves,” said Bob Ohlund, director of sales for Riverside Laminations Inc. who formerly worked as Terra Group’s Idaho plant manager. “We have some of the same crew working here trying to re-establish the business base that Nappanee had and to expand to service centers and manufacturers that we didn’t have before.”
Riverside Laminations is owned by privately held Bollman Holdings Inc., comprised of a group of Southern California investors, according to Ohlund.
With 10 employees, the company on Jan. 5 opened the 38,000-square-foot plant that Terra Group closed in October, and already is supplying laminated products to manufacturers Forest River Inc. and MVP Inc., along with California dealers Giant RV and Banning RV Discount Centers.
Ohlund said Riverside Laminations intends to focus on RV service centers, an area in which Terra Group was not involved.
“The RV industry is iffy right now, but it’s also a good time to get into the RV industry,” said General Manager Jerry Mahr, formerly Terra Group’s assistant Riverside plant manager. “The RV components side of Nappanee Window was doing OK. It was the aluminum extrusion plant that Nappanee opened in 2007 that turned out to be the problem.”
Mahr said the company intends to market its products primarily in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. “We mainly will stay west of the Rockies,” he said.