Chief Industries Inc., manufacturer of King of the Road brand fifth-wheels, has moved assembly operations to York, Neb., from Russell, Kan., according to CEO Robert Eihusen.

The plant in Kansas will remain in operation as a service center for owners of King of the Road units, Eihusen said.

The move was made because the facility in Nebraska is bigger, 145,000 square feet, compared with 72,000 square feet in Kansas, Eihusen said. The facility in Nebraska also is near the company’s manufactured housing division plant in Aurora, Neb.

“The demand for our product is on a positive upswing,” Eihusen said. “We have seen a 58% sales increase in our Royalite product line over the past three years, and we intend to capitalize on this momentum in a market that continues to expand as more Baby Boomers reach retirement age.

“Moving King of the Road’s operations to York (Neb.) provides a real opportunity to keep up with this continued growth,” Eihusen said.

In a related announcement, Chief Industries also appointed Brian Henn as the new general manager of the King of the Road division. Previously, Henn was general manager of Chief’s Electronic Display Systems division, a position he held for seven years.