WAUSEON – Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, sales of recreational vehicles, travel trailers and touring coaches have skyrocketed in 2020.
According to the report “Growth of Camping Amid COVID-19: A Fall 2020 Update,” 56 percent of leisure travelers view camping as the safest type of travel. That’s good news for manufacturers like Airstream.
With consistent demand over the years, Airstream already was gearing up for more growth in 2019 before the coronavirus struck. That’s when the company started adding a new facility to its manufacturing operations in Jackson Center where “silver bullet” campers are made. The new structure has 684,000 square feet of space. That’s the size of almost 12 football fields.
“This project was so large that we broke it into three phases,” said Mark P. Beckman, manufacturing engineering and facilities director for Airstream. “We have 43 exterior Haas garage doors and nine interior garage doors in this new facility.”
This isn’t the first time Airstream has selected Haas Door products for a large project. Beckman estimated there are at least 30 other Haas garage doors throughout the 1.3 million square feet of the Airstream complex in Ohio. The massive operation includes 12 buildings sitting on about 150 acres of space.
“Moeller Door & Window originally introduced us to Haas garage doors,” Beckman said. “We have a strong relationship with Moeller and rely on them for both their product recommendations and…