technomadia Posted June 21, 2009 Share Posted June 21, 2009 You may have heard some of the buzz (posted on the Oliver front page, and mentioned a few other places) about how Oliver has pushed back production of new trailers until probably January. This was certainly troubling news to us, but hardly surprising considering how many of even the biggest RV manufacturers have gone under recently. When we visited the factory a few weeks ago, we asked a lot of questions, and we managed to get a look at how Oliver is managing to survive the economic downturn without laying people off or shutting the doors. Rather than shut their doors, they have instead managed to repurpose a lot of their equipment and skilled people towards building some rather amazing high-end handicap accessible bathtubs - an apparently booming market for aging boomers. Oliver may not be building many new trailers right now, but we are really impressed with how they are managing to keep the expertise and equipment in house and ready to ramp up again once the market for RV's turns around. We think this is a highly innovative and responsible way of handling the down economy and its effects on the recreational vehicle industry. Oliver has demonstrated their commitment to taking care of both their existing customers and their employees, and we fully expect that they have a bright future once the market picks up again. We also very much appreciate how open they have been about the tough times they are going through. A lot of other companies would pretend everything was great right up until the doors shut, and we salute Oliver for embracing a more open and honest path. We just published a blog post on this topic, including a video interview with Jim Oliver, and a look at the tub. Check it out and let us know what you think: http://www.technomadia.com/2009/06/oliv ... -adapting/ - Chris & Cherie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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