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Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, December 26 2014 Dec 26, 2014 December 26, 2014 9:01 AM December 26, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Mitch Stacy

JACKSON CENTER, OH - The people who assemble those retro-looking Airstream campers at an Ohio factory can't build them fast enough these days to meet the demand.

The plant in the small town of Jackson Center builds 50 travel-trailers every week, all gleaming and aerodynamic and riveted together by hand.

The backlog is about three months, and ground has already been broken on a major expansion at the factory north of Dayton that eventually will increase production capacity by 50 percent.

The RV industry was dealt a blow by the Great Recession but has rebounded with gusto. Airstream has surged with three straight record years.

CEO Bob Wheeler says Airstream is benefiting from a big bubble of Baby Boomers and a new wave of desire for the classic designs of America's yesteryear.

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