Newmar Corp.’s 2010 model lineup will duplicate its 2009 offerings, the company’s senior management told members of the ”Newmar Kountry Klub,” the Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer’s owners’ club during a rally Aug. 3-7 at the Elkhart (Ind.) Fairgrounds.
”Because of the positive reponse to our 2009 model year lineup, our dealers said the product looked great and that our interiors were much improved over previous years … dealers told us that they hadn’t had a good enough market to be truly successful with that 2009 product, so they were recommending to us that we make no changes,” Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut told club members during closing ceremonies Friday (Aug. 7).
”We also realized we wouldn’t have to have a dealer meeting to see new product because this is new product,” he added. ”The more and more we looked at it, that’s exactly what we did.”
Sammut, Newmar Chairman Matt Miller and U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., were among those speaking at closing ceremonies to a majority of the 968 people who registered 458 coaches for the rally.
”We think that business will come back and come back strong, and we think that Newmar will be situated in very good spot,” said Miller, who described last winter as ”trying times” for the company.
Miller said that Newmar will continue to provide service at its headquarters factory for owners of Newmar and other RVs. ”We plan to keep offering that to you as our customers if you want service done in the factory,” he said.
Sammut reported that sales of the company’s gas motorhomes have increased 10% this year.
”Traditionally, we’ve not been known as a gas manufacturer,” he said. ”Our diesels have been our long suit. But if we are going to grow our owner base and if we have any opportunity to grow the club, we’ve got to start these people out in a gas motorhome and someday get them into the diesel products. What’s hot right now are our Canyon Star toy hauler and 29-foot Bay Star.”
Donnelly told club members, who contributed food to the Nappanee Open Door agency, that Congress is working to keep fuel prices stable, ”so you don’t have to worry about jumps in price,” according to the Goshen News.
Donnelly reported that despite the recession, 17 new companies, including RV manufacturers, have opened in Elkhart County in the past few months. ”We’re working harder than ever to make the economy strong,” Donnelly said.