Leading RV manufacturers and suppliers want to bring many of their employees back to work this month, and some have already re-opened production plants.
Lippert Components expects to gradually resume production at the majority of its plants starting May 4. Thor Industries and Keystone RV are also targeting May 4 for a widespread return to work.
Thor announced the May 4 re-opening of its North American facilities in mid-April, after already resuming production at a handful of its European plants.
This week, REV Group also announced plans to resume operations at many of its RV facilities on May 4. The soon-to-be operational plants manufacture American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler, Lance Camper, Midwest Automotive Designs and Renegade RV branded vehicles.
The organization halted normal production at its four plants in Indiana and California on Mach 23, and some of its plants stared re-opening last week.
“The recreation supply chain is starting to open up again with several key suppliers returning to work this week,” said Ian Walsh, REV Group Chief Operating Officer. “Our plan is to slowly ramp up production over the coming weeks, while also protecting the safety of our employees, at a cadence that is in line with material supply and customer demand across these recreation brands and facilities.”
Midwest Automotive Designs started production the week of April 20, and Renegade RV began April 27.
Production of American Coach, Fleetwood RV and Holiday Rambler motorhomes is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 4. Lance Camper, located in Lancaster, CA, has a tentative restart date of May 18.
RV News will continue to report on manufacturers’ plans to resume production in the coming weeks.