Thompson & Sons Trailers L.C. is expanding its west Davenport, Iowa facility and will be adopting a new name, according to the Quad City Times.
The third-generation family business is building an 8,000-square-foot addition that will increase the RV dealership’s showroom, office space and service area. It marks the company’s fourth expansion since it relocated 13 years ago.
Mark Thompson, who co-owns the business with brothers Brad and Tim, said RV sales have been on a growth trend particularly among families, Baby Boomers and retirees.
“We’ve been so blessed lately, especially in the last five years. Sales are increasing to the point where we have growing pains,” he said.
The $710,000 expansion will give Thompson & Sons more than 30,000 square feet under a single roof. In addition, the company acquired two acres of direct U.S. 61 frontage for display of some of its growing inventory. In all, the dealership now sits on nine acres, but has access to more property for future growth, Thompson said.
The dealership also announced a change in its advertising name to Thompson & Sons Family RV L.C. as well as a new logo. Its legal name will remain Thompson & Sons Trailer Sales L.C.
Thompson said the more contemporary name better reflects the company today. “Our Thompson family continues to serve the family RV lifestyle just as we have done for the last 45 years,” he said.
The expansion began in late October and is expected to be completed in mid-March.
The dealership plans to hire between four and six additional new full-time employees as a result of the expansion and growing business.
Thompson credited the dealership’s continued growth to the dedication of its 35-plus employees as well as the trust of its customers.
He added that the dealership also is reaping benefits from increased exposure of the RV industry. “Our whole industry has done a wonderful job with national campaigning,” he said. “You’re seeing RVs used more in TV shows and movies. They’ve done a great job on exposure for our industry that has not been there before.”