With a heritage of over 40 years of building motor coaches, we are proud to share a little bit more with you about our distinguished past. Learn about the Newmar story below.
In 1968, Marvin Newcomer and Marvin Miller left their jobs at another major RV company with the idea of doing things better. They formed their new company, Newmar, by blending the names Newcomer and Marvin. Freemon Borkholder joined the venture shortly afterward.
In the 1970s, we introduced our Kountry Aire fifth wheel, which made us one of the first — and one of the largest — fifth-wheel manufacturers. The Kountry Aire is still a popular part of our towable lineup today. In addition to those new products, we underwent some leadership change in the 1970s. In 1976, Marvin Newcomer sold his share of the company to Marvin Miller and Freemon Borkholder. This deal made Marvin Miller the majority stockholder of Newmar.
In 1981, we launched the London Aire line — the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Marvin Miller.
In 1984, Mahlon Miller, then president of Holiday Rambler, purchased Marvin Miller’s interest in Newmar and became chairman of our board.
In 1985, the Kountry Klub, an exclusive social club for Newmar owners, was formed under Mahlon’s direction, and it quickly grew to be a very important part of the company. Today, the Kountry Klub boasts more than 5,000 members.
In the 1990s, the Dutch Star was launched, followed later in the year by the Mountain Aire. Both of these brands are still offered by Newmar today.
In 1991, Mahlon Miller became the sole owner of Newmar Corporation. That year, we were proud to introduce a patented power slideout in our Class A products, and an even larger slideout in our fifth wheels.
In 1992, Mahlon appointed Virgil Miller president of our company. In 1995, we moved into a new 116,000-square-foot facility considered to be the most state-of-the-art in the RV industry.
In 1998, we began to offer full-paint exterior graphics. Just a bit later, we built a state-of-the-art 18,900-square-foot paint facility in order to keep up with the demand for this new feature. We went on to add three new paint booths and approximately 27,600 square feet to help maintain our position as an industry leader in full-paint exterior graphics.
In 2001, we introduced the Mountain Aire Limited Diesel Pusher, which was the first Newmar product to offer a triple-slideout floorplan. This coach eventually gave way to the popular Essex, which helped revolutionize the coach industry by putting unprecedented luxury within reach of a larger market.
In 2004, we created the Cypress Fifth Wheel, a high-quality, affordable fifth wheel. Our All Star mid-engine diesel product was unveiled at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in 2005. And in 2007, we introduced the stylish, powerful new King Aire, a luxury motor coach made for our most demanding Newmar connoisseurs.
And finally, in 2008 we are proud to introduce the completely redesigned Ventana, an innovative motorhome designed specifically to fit within anyone's budget — while still offering incredible value with an unprecedented range of standard features. In addition to the Ventana, Newmar also introduced the redesigned Dutch Star, complete with new front and rear caps, a new dash area and polished-porcelain flooring.
Newmar, a company based on Christian principles, has grown from a company of six people in 1968 to a company employing more than 900. In addition to an increase in staff, the Newmar facilities have also experienced tremendous growth. In the fall of 2004, Newmar opened a new 144,000-square-foot Chassis, Weld and Assembly Facility. This building also houses employee offices, training and conference rooms.