"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."
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.
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.
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."
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 email@example.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 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
expects to bring 100 new jobs to the community by the end of the year.
RV expects to begin production of its flagship product of the same name in mid-October.
said the new product, a fifth wheel, "will be unlike anything yet seen in the RV industry."
decision to start his
own company came earlier this summer when an unusual opportunity arose.
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.
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.
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.