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Thor Industries Inc. has combined its Aero Manufacturing Inc. operation with its Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary, the Jackson Center, Ohio-based company announced.

Aero now is a division of Dutchmen and the Aero assembly plant in Syracuse, Ind., will continue in operation, said Rich Florea, the Dutchmen president.

The Aero plant is about 10 miles south of Goshen, Ind., where the bulk of Dutchmen’s facilities are located.

The move was made “to maximize efficiency,” but Florea said he does not currently know if any jobs would be made redundant as a result of the combination.

Florea declined to estimate the potential cost-savings from the combination.

Aero and Dutchmen both make towable RVs and Florea said there is “a small overlap” in terms of product offerings and dealer networks.

There are many dealers who already carry both Aero and Dutchmen products, Florea said. If, for example, a dealer stocks only Dutchmen, that dealer could add Aero, unless another dealer in the same territory already sells Aero products. Consequently, there will not be “radical changes” to the composition of the dealer body, Florea said.

Concerning product offerings, Aero builds lighter-weight, aerodynamic, value-priced travel trailers, fifth-wheels, expandable and folding campers.
Meanwhile, Dutchmen builds a more traditional line of travel trailers and fifth-wheels along with expandables.

Dutchmen is Thor’s “largest and most successful towable company,” said Wade F.B. Thompson, the Thor chairman. “It (combining Aero with Dutchmen) will allow us to combine the resources of both companies and provides our dealers with even better products and service in a challenging RV market.”