Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has moved its Conquest Class C motorhome division into a 200,000-square-foot facility at the company’s manufacturing complex in Nappanee, Ind.
According to a press release, the move is designed to “increase production, centralize operations and improve efficiency.” Gulf Stream said it invested $4.3 million in upgrades to the plant.
“The additional room has allowed us to concentrate even more on quality and product improvements,” said Claude Donati, vice president of sales and marketing. “We now have a humongous facility – over 2 1/2 times the size of our previous facility – to build any size coach at any capacity unit and with one highly skilled labor force.”
Prior to the move, the Conquest division operated out of an 80,000-square-foot plant. Gulf Stream said that over the years it had added on twice in trying to handle capacity, but the facility was still limiting in terms of production, addressing trends and maintaining quality.
Donati noted that Gulf Stream was unable to produce coaches longer than 35 feet in the old facility. “At the time, that was the latest trend,” said Donati. “And we found ourselves developing products based on the size limitations of our facility.”
According to Donati, the new facility offers several advantages, including:
• Increased production of up to 20 units a day
• Quicker turnaround times to dealers
• A dedicated research and development area
• Better quality, lean manufacturing and more aggressive pricing
• Improved logistics with components readily available at the main campus