Tom Frey, the president of Workhorse Custom chassis since its inception, has left the motorhome chassis supplier firm, according to Andrew Taitz, chairman of Grand Vehicle Works Holdings Inc., parent of Workhorse.
Frey left Workhorse to join “a buy-out firm as COO so he could move back to Dayton (Ohio) to be with his family,” Taitz said.
“We’re sad, he (Frey) was a great asset,” Taitz continued. “But we have a very, very strong management team, they can make it happen.”
Taitz, who is based in Highland Park, Ill., will serve as president of Workhorse, located in Union City, Ind., until a permanent replacement can be found. He declined to speculate about how long that will take.
Taitz founded Workhorse after buying General Motors Corp.’s motorhome and commercial walk-in truck and bus chassis business in 1998. He opened Workhorse in the Union City Body Co. facilities that he acquired along the Indiana-Ohio border in 1992.
Workhorse supplies gas engine chassis, using GM components, to Class A motorhome builders, and it will begin production of diesel pusher chassis segment later this winter.
In addition to Workhorse and Union City Body, Grand Vehicle’s other subsidiaries include Autocar LLC and Up Time Parts Inc. Grand Vehicle also acquired Volvo Trucks’ Xpeditor line during 2001.