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Mon Aug 28, 2017
Lagrange, Ind. - Forest River has announced that the 1,000th Cherokee Arctic Wolf fifth wheel rolled off the assembly line on Friday, Aug. 25.
One thousand Arctic Wolf units have been manufactured in Forest River’s new Lagrange, Indiana facility. To mark the milestone, Forest River General Manager John Quake and Arctic Wolf Sales Manager Bryan Walczak welcomed Phaylon Schrock and Henry Schwartz (Outpost RV - Middlebury, Indiana) to Forest River’s new Lagrange facilities to deliver the 1,000th unit. Quake and Walczak were joined by many enthusiastic plant employees, warranty/service personnel, purchasing managers and engineers.
Cherokee Arctic Wolf, introduced in 2016, quickly grew from producing 321 fifth wheels in its original Goshen, Indiana plant, to more than 1,000 units produced in five months out of the new Forest River Lagrange, Indiana plant. Made possible by investment in the new state of the art facility, extra emphasis has been placed on quality through in-station inspections, daily PDI and increased supplier audits.
Cherokee Arctic Wolf is one of Forest River’s newest brands, but has already garnered several accolades such as 2016 Louisville Best of Show. Cherokee’s Arctic Wolf will be featured at the upcoming shows: Hershey, Elkhart EXPO, Pomona, Louisville, and Tampa.
Cherokee Arctic Wolf’s 1,000th unit is a 285DRL4 featuring three slides, weighing in at 8,050 pounds, with a 1,400-hitch weight – targeting light duty trucks like Ford’s F-150, GMC/Chevrolet/Dodge 1500 and Nissan’s Titan XD. The 285DRL4 shows off the freestanding island, walk-in pantry, walk-through side aisle bathroom, plus many new features for the 2018 model year.
The Outpost RV is a key dealer for Cherokee, and is based in Middlebury, Indiana.
“While we have been primarily a Cherokee travel trailer dealer, we look forward to future growth at our dealership with the new Arctic Wolf fifth wheel product,” Outpost’s Phaylon Schrock says.
Forest River secured the Lagrange, Indiana facilities in early 2017, resurrecting a vacant 120-acre manufactured housing complex. Cherokee Arctic Wolf unit shipments from Lagrange started around April 2017. Also developed on the Lagrange campus are Cherokee’s toy hauler Wolf Pack and Vengeance.
Critical to Forest River’s new operation is its enhanced ability to focus on dealer/customer service.
“With the increased space, we have been able to decrease our off the shelf dealer parts fulfillment times to under four days, while setting new records in freight fulfillment orders,” Quake says. “Also included at the complex is Cherokee’s new state of the art in-bound warranty/service call center. This unique call center allows dealers to get information and answers more quickly than ever before.
Friday’s ribbon cutting was followed by a special ceremony celebrating the 5, 10, and 15-year Forest River employees now working toward Cherokee’s continued success in Lagrange.