Selling more generators to RV builders is one of the reasons why Generac Power Systems Inc. is expanding its Whitewater, Wis., production plant, according to Jon Vyn, vice president of RV sales for Generac’s Guardian brand.
The expansion of the Whitewater plant, located southwest of Milwaukee, will allow for a fourfold increase in output from the factory, said Roger Schaus, vice president of operations at the plant. Construction should be completed in late April and the new portions of the facility should be ready for occupancy in May, he said.
In addition to gas, LP and diesel RV generators in the 4,000- to 7,500-watt range, the Whitewater plant also produces air-cooled engines and power generators for the telecommunications and home standby generator markets, Vyn said.
Generac needs additional space because its RV-related business has grown at a rate faster than the expansion of the motorhome segment since the introduction of its QUIETPACT Series in the summer of 2002, Vyn said.
The QUIETPACT Series was designed for highline Class A and highline Class C motorhomes with dual roof air conditioners.
However, Generac also is seeing growth in the ramp trailer, also known as sport utility trailer (SUT), segment of the towable RV market, Vyn said. In that segment, a generator is paired with the fueling station for the ATV – all-terrain vehicle – motorcycle or snowmobile hauled in an SUT, Vyn said.