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6 February 2020
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Airstream celebrates official opening of its new $40m factory

Airstream held an official christening ceremony for its brand-new $40 million, 750,000 ft² Jackson Centre production facility last month, just down the road from the existing plant which has been Airstream’s sole manufacturing location since 1979.

Production of the new plant started in spring 2018 and now enables Airstream to consolidate multiple production spaces into one facility, bringing the assembly of the company’s travel trailers under one roof. The current 255,000 ft² travel trailer plant will be converted for building Airstream’s motorized touring coaches, freeing up production space to support a growing line of products.

The official event was held to mark the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for Airstream, Inc., the manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer and subsidiary of Thor Industries.

During the event, Airstream President & CEO Bob Wheeler and Airstream COO Justin Humphreys broke a bottle of champagne over the hitch of the first fully manufactured travel trailer in the new building and the final model that was fully manufactured in the old plant. 

The event was inspired by historical traditions. A vintage photo shows a beautiful 1938 Airstream Clipper being christened with a bottle of champagne by its new owner. In 1985, a historic champagne christening occurred to celebrate the Airstream China Clipper built specifically for the Caravan America-China program. 

The first Airstream travel trailer off the new line, a Globetrotter, and the last off the old line, a Bambi, represent the official hand-off between locations. Both trailers will leave Jackson Center, Ohio with unique badges symbolizing this milestone moment in Airstream history. The Bambi’s badge symbolizes the “End of an Era” and features the address of the former production facility while the Globetrotter’s badge represents “New Beginnings” and includes the new plant’s address. 

The new plant will give Airstream staff more space, tools and storage so it can prioritize the quality and craftsmanship that is the hallmark of Airstream travel trailers and touring coaches.

Airstream is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in the world. The company’s mission, as set forth by founder Wally Byam, is to create well-designed, high-quality products that allow people to follow their dreams and explore the world in home-like comfort.

A steadfast commitment to Byam’s commitment to “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” has made the aluminum Airstream travel trailer a timeless classic.

Airstream, Inc. is a subsidiary of Elkhart, IN-based Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO). Thor is the sole owner of 25 brand companies, supported by approximately 210 facilities in five countries that, combined, represent the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.