In today's business environment, especially the RV industry, it’s hard to find a 35-year old company that still operates under the same ownership, never mind the same family. Gulf Stream Coach just happens to be one of those exceptions.
Gulf Stream Coach started back in 1983 by Jim Shea Sr. We learn some of the obstacles the company went through getting started back in those early years of the RV industry. They started with a small seven-man crew who designed and built two motorhomes and one travel trailer in a matter of weeks in time for the big Notre Dame RV Show in South Bend, Indiana. Needless to say, the units were a hit with RV dealers attending the show and as the old saying goes, ‘The company hasn’t looked back since’.
Located in Nappanee, Indiana, Gulf Stream Coach is now run by Jim’s son, Dan Shea. It’s large sprawling facility now employs a few hundred people, many who have been there for over 20-years, and one that’s been there since the first day 35 years ago.
We had an opportunity to talk with Scott Pullin, one of the company's original seven man team and now Vice President of Operations. Scott filled us in on the challenges the team faced getting started and how the company has progressed since then.
We had a chance to tour the motorized RV production lines and actually see how they build the Conquest Class C and BT Cruiser motorhomes which include a lot of hidden features you can’t see once the floors and wall are in place. Check it all out on this week’s show.