KZ’s First Location – Started in former gas station north of Middlebury, Indiana. The first product Daryl Zook and uncle/partner Sam King produced was a line of truck campers, sold mostly in the eastern U.S. - More Info
Builds First Travel Trailer in Middlebury, Indiana.
KZ moves to Shipshewana, Indiana, and starts manufacturing 12- to 16-foot travel trailers.
Sam King exits, and another uncle/partner, Dale Kauffman, enters (fortunately, both partners share the same last name initials!).
Move to present location and build a 10,000 square foot building (Plant 1).
Purchase adjacent land and construct Plant 2.
Add addition to Plant 2.
Started building stick & tin fifth wheels in this plant.
Introduced KZ’s first expandable.
Construction starts on a 64,000-square-foot lamination plant.
First laminated 5th wheel produced.
Purchased land and begin construction on Plant 3, a 26,000-square-foot travel trailer manufacturing facility.
KZ acquires a manufactured housing plant, originally a part of Holly Park Manufacturing Group, and names it Plant 4. This original Plant 4 boasts a 47,000 square foot facility and is set up to produce New Vision fiberglass 5th wheels. The plant is located at the intersection of State Roads 5 and 20, southeast corner.
KZ constructs Plant 5.
First toy hauler produced.
Daryl Zook and Randall Graber receive a patent for a unique rear slide mechanism.
Construction begins on new Plant 4.
Daryl Zook becomes sole owner.
Partner Dale Kauffman retires.
3rd Expansion project; Start a 133,000 square foot building, named Plant 7. - More Info
KZ continues to grow, constructing Plant 6.
Construction of Plant 7 completed.
Venture RV is created. First product SportTrek is hatched in July. - More Info
KZ Enters the Global Market by partnering with Chinese manufacturing concern Shandon Shan Yete Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Company, LTD in January. First travel trailers off line in September.
THOR Industries purchases KZ on April 17th. - More Info
Aram Koltookian joins KZ as chief operating officer in May. - More Info
2nd Chinese factory built.
Consummate manufacturing agreement with AIRVAN Company, LTD, in South Korea.
Daryl Zook retires.
Purchased an additional 30 acres for future expansion opportunities.