Innovation, employing top workers and management, and producing high-quality recreational vehicles for the value-minded RVer have put Gulf Stream Coach, in Nappanee, Indiana, near the top of the RV industry. In just over 13 years the company grew from 50 employees making travel trailers and class A motor homes to a top five, full-line manufacturer employing over 1,200.
The company has its roots in Fairmont Homes, which was established in 1971 by James F. Shea. Fairmont experienced tremendous success, becoming one of the largest single-location facilities in the housing industry and evolving into a family of housing companies that produced single and double-wide sectional homes and modular homes. In 1983, Mr. Shea decided to branch out into the RV industry. He first looked at acquiring an existing company, but could not find one that fit his vision of what he wanted his company to be. He then chose to start from scratch by building new facilities and utilizing improved construction technology - in short, doing things his own way. This independent spirit has been reflected ever since in Gulf Stream Coach's products, treatment of employees and way of doing business.
Today, Fairmont and Gulf Stream combine to employ more than 2,500 men and women and generate annual sales in excess of $500 million. The manufacturing complex encompasses over 700 acres, with over 35 acres under roof. As a private, family-owned business, Gulf Stream reflects the family concept, which is evident in the personal touch the company maintains with its employees, dealers and Gulf Stream owners.