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Randy Graber

President

Open Range RV Company

HQ Phone:  (260) 768-7771

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Open Range RV Company

955 Van Buren St

Shipshewana, Indiana,46565

United States

Company Description

Here at Open Range RV Company, we have created our flagship product, the Open Range Fifth Wheel, to bring the future of leisure travel to your doorstep. It's a future you have helped to mold, with your many excellent suggestions and ideas, which we have added ...more

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Employment History

Position, Management and Product Development

K.Z. Inc.


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Highland Ridge Cuts Ribbon on 92,000 Sq. Ft. Plant | RV Business

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Randy Graber, Highland Ridge president, cuts the ribbon at the plant with the help of Derald (to his right) and Wilbur Bontrager of Highland Ridge parent company Jayco as they're surrounded by Shipshewana, LaGrange County and Indiana officials
Randy Graber, Highland Ridge president, cuts the ribbon at the plant with the help of Derald (to his right) and Wilbur Bontrager of Highland Ridge parent company Jayco as they're surrounded by Shipshewana, LaGrange County and Indiana officials Nine years to the month after Randy Graber founded Open Range RV, he officially cut the ribbon this morning (Sept. 19) at its main campus in Shipshewana, Ind., to dedicate the newest plant for the company - now operating as Highland Ridge RV following its acquisition by Jayco Inc. The 92,000-square-foot facility will be used for building the Open Range Light travel trailers and fifth-wheels and the Open Range Ultra Light line of travel trailers. "We'll be able to double our capacity. We've got plenty of room to grow," Graber said. Production will move out of a much smaller leased facility south of town, and the subsidiary of Thor Industries-owned Jayco will add 65 new jobs to the division in the next couple of years. Graber officially cut the ribbon at the plant with the help of Jayco's Wilbur and Derald Bontrager and a large number of Shipshewana, LaGrange County and Indiana officials on hand for the event. Derald Bontrager told the attendees, "I think this investment represents our confidence in the industry. It's the longest consecutive run of growth in the industry since we started tracking in the 1970s." The RV industry as a whole is attracting a lot of younger first-time buyers, Bontrager said, and Graber noted Highland Ridge is shifting to meet those new customers with its light products that attract first-time buyers. "We've been focused on Baby Boomers for so long, and now we've got to focus on Millennials," Graber said.


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Randy Graber, President of Open Range RV, believes in fair compensation for employees, space for personal growth, and a higher quality of life.


Highland Ridge RV, Inc. Features Archive

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"It's intended for the extended-stay person who is going to spend a few months in the south in the winter," said Open Range President Randy Graber, noting that the unit has 385 square feet of living space.
"Length doesn't mean much today with all the slideouts that RVs have," said Randy Graber, Open Range founder and president. Open Range President Randy Graber made the announcement this week, saying that the new fifth wheel will be "revolutionary." Graber explained that the new Open Range won't be exhibited at the show because no space was available by the time the company incorporated in early August. Open Range launched production last week of their new "mid-upper-priced" fifth-wheel lineup in a 130,000-square-foot, three-building manufacturing facility on Indiana 5 north of U.S. 20 in Shipshewana. Graber says Open Range currently employees about 40 people and expects to increase to 100 by year-end. The company wants to establish 150 to 200 dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada, now that production is up and running. "We're hoping to show a number of dealers our first product line during the Louisville show," said Graber. "We think this will be a timely introduction for several reasons, one of which is that we've taken a new approach to building fifth-wheels. The Open Range fifth wheel is a product dealers can stock knowing that it is genuinely different than anything else on their lot." Graber isn't releasing many details regarding his Open Range fifth-wheel yet, except to say that there will be a "full range" of models in multiple lengths with both double and triple-slide floorplans and "interiors that rival the best in the business right now." Dealers interested in the details on the private showing may contact the company at (260) 768-7771 or at rgraber@openrangerv.com. The Members of the new management team at Open Range RV Company, Shipshewana, Indiana, assembled as President Randy Graber announced that the company's first product will be unveiled at a private showing in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 25 to 29. Standing, from left, Danny Cocanower, vice-president finance; Megan Briggs, human resources, Micah Staley, sales coordinator, Randy Graber, president and Gene Slabach, plant manager. Randy Graber Randy Graber Randy Graber of Elkhart, Indiana, a 25-year veteran of the Northern Indiana RV industry, announced today that he has founded Open Range RV Company in Shipshewana, Indiana. The new company has begun operations following incorporation on August 6, 2007. Starting with a staff of about 60 including production personnel, Graber said he expects to bring 100 new jobs to the community by the end of the year. Open Range RV expects to begin production of its flagship product of the same name in mid-October. Graber said the new product, a fifth wheel, "will be unlike anything yet seen in the RV industry." Graber said his decision to start his own company came earlier this summer when an unusual opportunity arose. He said, "While I enjoy all the aspects of operating an RV company, I am at heart a creative person who is driven to innovate and engineer product improvements. Further, the ever advancing technologies in construction materials and components continually challenge me to create better products for the dollar spent." "At a certain point in one's career," Graber said, "you come to realize that the best way to accomplish your dream is to spearhead it yourself. Open Range RV will occupy 120,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing facilities with three buildings on 17 acres on Indiana 5 north of US 20 in Shipshewana. An Indiana native, Graber started his career at Newmar Corporation, Nappanee, followed by an eight-year stint in retail sales in Amarillo, Texas. He then returned to the Indiana manufacturing environment. In recent years, he has worked in management and product development at both K-Z RV, Shipshewana, and Keystone RV Company, Goshen, Indiana.


Open Range RV Co. | RV Business

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Open Range RV will operate as a wholly owned and separate subsidiary while Randy Graber will remain as president.
"The two companies are a natural match," said Graber. "Culturally speaking, both Jayco and Open Range enjoy strong relationships with their dealer body, recognizing the importance of maintaining a partnership style association." With growth in excess of 20% annually, the management of Open Range recognized in order to maintain and further increase that type of growth, it was necessary to partner with a larger organization. "I am extremely excited to be able to take Open Range to the next level. It's a dream come true. said Graber. We are thrilled to partner with someone like Randy Graber who has such vast industry experience and innovative product knowledge." President Randy Graber stated in a press release. "It is an honor that our high-quality fifth wheels and travel trailers are being recognized as providing a customer with a great unit with exceptional amenities, and at a price that is affordable," said Randy Graber, president of Open Range. Founded in 2007 with just three employees, the company has shown marked sales growth every year, including 2013. "So far, at the end of the first quarter of 2013, comparing this to 2012, we are experiencing a 31.1% increase in retail sales. We are truly humbled that our customers and dealers believe in our products," Graber said. Open Range RV Co., is based in Shipshewana and is a true mom-and-pop company started by Randy Graber and his wife back in 2007 with six employees. The company weathered the recession without laying off any workers and now employs about 300 people. Owners credit their success to finding and developing a niche market. "The industry had a lot of product out there, and I knew that we couldn't just get in this market and build something like everybody else," said Graber. "If we were going to get in, we had to have something different and unique." Their business philosophy is to build RVs and constantly tweak and improve them - fifth-wheels at first, travel trailers later. "We did start with the fifth-wheels with a lot of unique ideas that no one else had, and that sets up apart and gave us a product that hit the ground running and was very successful out there, stood out in the crowd, and we have just been doing that since," said Graber. "Our customer demand continues to necessitate our expansion at our home in Shipshewana" said Randy Graber, president of Open Range . "We are excited that our customers continue to appreciate the high quality units that we produce, and their dedication to our brand makes us continue to work hard and innovate for them." "The continued demand for Open Range's recreational vehicles has spurred our growth over the past few years" said Randy Graber, president of Open Range . "We are thrilled that our customers continue to appreciate the high quality and wide range of towable RV's that we produce, and this growth really can be attributed to their dedication to our brand."


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Randy Graber will remain president of Open Range, which will operate as a separate, wholly-owned subsidiary.


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