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Workhorse Custom Chassis will assemble its new diesel-engine motorhome chassis in a renovated facility in Hagerstown, Ind., the company announced today (Nov. 4).
“With the assistance of local government entities, we will be renovating the former Dana (auto components) manufacturing plant into a world-class operation, akin to what Workhorse achieved in Union City (Ind.),” said Tom Frey, president.
Hagerstown, located between the East Central Indiana communities of Richmond and New Castle, is about 35 miles southwest of Workhorse’s main manufacturing complex in Union City.
The Hagerstown facility is expected to go into operation late in the first quarter of 2003 and Workhorse plans to create about 100 new jobs, including 30 to 50 salaried positions, according to Workhorse spokesman Mike Knaack.
“In Hagerstown, we will be able to customize our production line for the special requirements of the R Series (diesel-pusher chassis), ensuring we will meet optimum standards of quality and productivity, while avoiding any interruptions in the supply of our gasoline ‘P’ and ‘W’ Series (motorhome and commercial vehicle) products,” Frey said.
The diesel chassis that Workhorse will assemble in Hagerstown will be used exclusively for motorhomes, Knaack added.
“This is another exciting development in the dynamic growth of our company and comes on the heels of the tremendous success of our gasoline RV product line,” Frey said. “We know consumers, dealers and OEMs are eagerly awaiting the introduction of our R Series chassis and this new facility brings us closer to supplying the growing diesel motorhome market, which right now comprises 40% of the Class A motorhome market.”
Workhorse competes against Ford Motor Co. in the gas-engine Class A motorhome chassis business. In diesel motorhome chassis, it will compete against Spartan Motors Inc. and DaimlerChrysler’s Freightliner subsidiary.
Workhorse purchased General Motors Corp.’s motorhome chassis and commercial step-van business in 1999 and it has the exclusive right to use GM engines and power trains.