Full-body motorhome painting contractor Performance Painting has expanded, opening a new graphics facility in Elkhart, Ind., according to the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth.
Performance, a unit of Industrial Finishes & Systems of Eugene, Ore., recently began operating in a 27,000-square-foot building it had purchased from Ramco Engineering Inc., a supplier of mirrors to the motorhome, bus, fire truck and specialty vehicle industries.
In the former Ramco building, Performance is producing color vinyl and decals along with stamping, laminating and marine graphics. When the facility is operating at full capacity, which is expected to occur in 18 to 24 months, it will employ around 40 people, according to Steve Messenger, president of Performance.
The company, which operates two other factories in northern Indiana, provides custom full-body painting and graphics for motorhome and other RV manufacturers. “I decided with the experience we had from that, we could step into color vinyl and silk screening,” Messenger told the Truth.
“I planned to move for about a year and hired eight people that have been in vinyl graphics for more than 15 years each,” he added.
Although motorhome builders such as Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Monaco Coach Corp. and Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. do their full-body painting in-house, others contract it out, providing business for firms such as Performance.
The growth in popularity of the full-body paint option has resulted in a growth in the number of companies providing the service to RV firms. “A couple of years ago, I had no competitors,” Messenger said. “Now, I have eight of them.
“I’m going after their business,” he added.
So far, because of the expense involved, the full-body paint option has been limited primarily to the higher-end segment of the Class A motorhome market, particularly the diesel segment, where the cost is more easily absorbed.