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THOR Industries, Inc. has announced the formation of Hymer USA, a new subsidiary focused on producing and marketing RVs using European manufacturing practices, automation and control standards, a first for the North American RV industry.

Here's a link, short article but wondering if this will help much, they don't elaborate much;

https://www.rvtravel.com/thor933b/


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Posted: 02/03/20 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Clickable link:

https://www.rvtravel.com/thor933b/

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““We anticipate significant benefits in working together with our German team, learning from each other and ultimately offering unique products to provide years of enjoyable experiences for our customers,” said Bob Martin, President and CEO of THOR Industries. “As we begin to leverage the combined talent of our companies and share best practices across the globe, we are more optimistic than ever about the future.”

Gee, Bob, wrote that?


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Probably not in as much as the 'Amish Craftsmanship', aka: get it done and go home early will still apply.


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Employees in key product development roles and with specific European manufacturing expertise will relocate from Germany to Bristol to allow Hymer USA to replicate its manufacturing process in collaboration with THOR’s American workforce.


Hopefully, these key roles will include customer service reps, and QA personnel - both of which most likely make little difference in the long run.


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IMO, introducing automation to the build process can only be a good thing. No hungover, methhead gutter scrapings building RVs will certainly help quality.

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I wonder how long it will take for this new building method to trickle down to the units an average person can afford? I'm guessing this will be used on top of the line products, especially since Thor now owns Airstream.


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I can't help but wonder if nothing will change until they change the physical location where RV's are made. No matter what you do to improve, you still have the same workforce with all of the problems and habits they have.

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Walaby wrote:

I can't help but wonder if nothing will change until they change the physical location where RV's are made. No matter what you do to improve, you still have the same workforce with all of the problems and habits they have.

Mike


Well, they could move 100 miles west to the southeast side of Chicago and hire enterprising and hard working Poles and Mexicans. Have to pay more though but you get what you pay for.

It doesn't help the quality of help in northeastern Indiana that the heavy industrial work in northwestern Indiana, miils and refineries and such, pays much better.

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As an engineer involved in two transitions to ISO 9001 standard in manufacturing, I consider it a huge leap in the both quality and efficiency. If this company is really interested in these two benefits, I say, "go for it".

It matters not what location, work force, or ethnicity is involved. Good solid procedures and inspections protocol make consistent quality products.


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