History & Timeline

Thor Industries, Inc. was founded on August 29, 1980, when Wade F. B. Thompson and Peter B. Orthwein acquired Airstream, the most recognized name in the industry. Despite its venerable image, Airstream had not fared well during the economic downturn of the late 1970s. By focusing on improving quality while reducing costs, Airstream returned to profitability in its very first year under the new Thor management.

2019 - Thor acquires Erwin Hymer Group

Thor Industries, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), one of Europe's largest makers of recreational vehicles (RVs). The acquisition is consistent with Thor's long-term strategic growth plan, and the combination of Thor and EHG creates the world's largest RV manufacturer, with leading positions in both North America and Europe.

2016 - Thor acquires Jayco, Corp.

On June 30, 2016, Thor acquired Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Corp. for $576 million. Founded in 1968, Jayco, through its subsidiaries, produces a full line of recreational vehicles, from camping trailers to high end Class A diesel motorhomes. In particular, Jayco’s travel trailers, camping trailers, high-end diesel motorhomes and super C motorhomes will enhance and complement the existing Thor family of products. Jayco, Corp. includes Jayco, Starcraft RV, Highland Ridge and Entegra Coach, which are RV producers known for quality and customer service.

2015 - Thor acquires Postle Aluminum Co.

In May 2015, Thor acquired Elkhart, Indiana-based Postle Aluminum Co. Founded in 1974, Postle has been producing extruded aluminum and specialized components for the recreational vehicle (RV) and other industries, with a commitment to each customer in providing the highest quality products and exceptional service.

2015 - Thor subsidiary Heartland acquires Cruiser RV and DRV Luxury Suites

In January 2015, Thor announced that its Heartland subsidiary acquired towable RV maker Cruiser RV (CRV) and luxury fifth wheel maker DRV Luxury Suites, both based in Howe, Indiana.

2014 - Thor acquires K-Z, Inc.

In 2014, Thor acquired K-Z, Inc. a leading manufacturer and marketer of towable recreational vehicles that offers unmatched quality and value to consumers in North America. K-Z markets a comprehensive product line, which includes travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers.

2013 - Thor acquires net assets specialty trailer manufacturer Bison Coach

In 2013, Thor acquired the net assets specialty trailer manufacturer Bison Coach through a wholly-owned subsidiary. Founded in 1984, Milford, Indiana-based Bison is known for its rugged, high-quality and affordable specialty trailers. In 2003, Bison began adding living quarter conversions to their production process resulting in the development of a complete line of equine trailers with living quarters.

2013 - Thor exits bus business

In 2013, Thor exited the bus industry when it sold its bus business to Allied Specialty Vehicles. Thor's bus business included Champion Bus, Inc., General Coach America, Inc., Goshen Coach, Inc., El Dorado National (California), Inc., and El Dorado National (Kansas), Inc., which combined represent one of the largest producers of transit and shuttle buses in North America with bus segment sales of approximately $450 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013.

2013 - Thor subsidiary acquires the assets of Livin' Lite

In 2013, Thor acquired the assets of innovative RV maker Livin' Lite through a wholly-owned subsidiary. Livin' Lite is known for its advanced lightweight aluminum construction applied to a variety of smaller RVs, including travel trailers, toy haulers, camping trailers and truck campers.

2013 - Thor subsidiary acquires Wakarusa RV production campus

In 2013, Thor's subsidiary, Thor Wakarusa, LLC, purchased the RV production campus in Wakarusa, Indiana that was formerly operated by Navistar International Corporation. The facilities are comprised of nearly one million square feet of total production space located on more than 150 acres. In addition to the production space, the complex includes more than 35 paint booths designed specifically for painting RVs. The campus was purchased to support the ongoing growth of Thor's businesses.

2012 - Thor acquires Krystal Infinity, LLC, and bus operation assets of Federal Coach

In 2012, Thor made two strategic acquisitions in the luxury bus market when it acquired Krystal Infinity, LLC., dba Krystal Enterprises in September, and the bus operation assets of Federal Coach in December. Both purchases have enabled Thor to expand its bus business into the luxury coach market.

2010 - Thor acquires Heartland RV Company

In September 2010, Thor made its largest acquisition to date when it purchased Heartland RV Company, further cementing its companies’ combined position as the world's largest producer of towable RVs.

2010 - Thor acquires SJC Industries, Inc.

In March 2010, Thor acquired SJC Industries, Inc., the second largest ambulance manufacturer in the United States.

2005 - Thor acquires Goshen Coach

In 2005, Thor acquired Goshen Coach to round out its holdings in the small and mid-sized bus industry.

2004 - Thor joins forces with Crossroads RV

With the addition of Crossroads RV in 2004, Thor solidified its industry leading position in towable RVs.

2003 - Thor acquires Damon

In 2003, Thor acquired Damon, a manufacturer of Class A motorhomes, raising its profile in the growing motorized RV market. In that same year, Thor acquired Breckenridge, builder of park trailers.

2001 - Thor joins forces with Keystone RV

When Thor acquired Keystone RV in 2001, the company achieved an unprecedented dominance within the RV industry.

1998 - Thor acquires Champion Bus

In 1998, Thor solidified its leadership in the bus industry with the acquisition of Champion Bus.

1996 - Start Up of Thor California

Thor California was a start-up in 1996, which became one of the most successful RV start-ups.

1995 - Thor acquires Komfort Corporation

Komfort Corporation, a builder of travel trailers and fifth wheels, became part of the growing Thor family in 1995.

1992 - Thor acquires Four Winds International

Four Winds International, a manufacturer of Class A and Class C motorhomes, was acquired in 1992.

1991 - Thor acquires Dutchmen Manufacturing

In 1991, Thor acquired Dutchmen Manufacturing, now one of the leading brands of travel trailers and fifth wheels.

1988 - Thor enters the small and mid-size bus industry

In 1988, Thor entered the small and mid-size bus industry with the acquisition of ElDorado Bus. In 1991, National Coach was purchased and the two companies operated under the ElDorado National trademark, with plants in California and Kansas.

1984 - Thor becomes a publicly traded company

In 1984, Thor became a public company listed on the over-the-counter market. In 1986, Thor was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. That same year, Forbes Magazine ranked Thor sixth out of the "200 best small companies in America."

1982 - Thor purchases General Coach

By 1982, Thor was strong enough to purchase the Canadian company General Coach, a manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Contact Us

Thor Industries, Inc.

601 East Beardsley Avenue 
Elkhart, Indiana 46514-3305

Tel: +1 574 970 7460

Email Alerts


Enter the code shown above.