Gulf Stream Coach Inc. will open a second motorhome production line on Monday (Sept. 29), eventually increasing the Nappanee, Ind. company’s Class A motorhome output by 33%, according to Claude Donati, vice president of Motorized Division sales and marketing.
Gulf Stream has hired 34 more employees to staff the new assembly line and they will start building one unit per day, Donati said. As the new workers become familiar with lean manufacturing techniques during their first month on the job, they will increase output to three units a day by late October, he added.
Workers on the new production line will build Gulf Stream’s highline gas and diesel coaches and will increase the company’s total Class A output to nine units per day.
Gulf Stream’s motorized division also had its best-ever Harrisburg, Pa., show in terms of sales revenue and it approached the company record for the greatest number of units sold, Donati said.
The company’s dealers retailed 30 Class A’s and 23 Class C’s during the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association Show in Harrisburg Sept. 10-14. The company also signed “a couple of new dealers” during the industry-only portion of the Harrisburg show, Sept. 8-9, Donati added.
During the first seven months of this year, Gulf Stream, the No. 4 producer of Class C motorhomes in retail market share, saw its dealers sell 25% more Class C’s than they did during the same portion of 2002, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Gulf Stream, which has a 10.6% share of the retail market for Class C’s, was the only company among the Top 5 Class C producers to experience more than an 8% increase in terms of the number of units retailed during the first seven months of this year, according to Statistical Surveys.
The entire retail market for Class C’s increased by 9% during the first seven months of this year, Statistical Surveys added.
Meanwhile, Gulf Stream also ranks No. 10 in Class A motorhome retail market share and its dealers sold 9% more Gulf Stream Class A’s during the first seven months of this year than was the case a year earlier.
Gulf Stream’s had a 2.9% share of the retail market for Class A’s during the first seven months of this year.
Also, because No. 9 Thor Industries Inc. acquired No. 7 Damon Motor Coach earlier this month, Gulf Stream will move up to No. 9 in Class A’s.
The entire Class A retail market grew by 8% during the first seven months of this year, Statistical Surveys reported.