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Old 01-08-2017, 07:49 PM   #1
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Well, the new fiberglass shop is finally in full swing! Still finishing things here and there and realizing that not everything is fitting in the spot it was supposed to... but overall things are moving in the right direction. At this time the crew is making 1-1/2 trailers in an 8 hour shift. Previously they could only build 1 trailer per shift and had to work Saturday's in an effort to get 6 trailers per week. They are enjoying the new space and new equipment which is making the process much more efficient for them.

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Old 01-08-2017, 07:54 PM   #2
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Looks Great!! Congrats!!!
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:57 PM   #3
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Now the renovations start on the production building!
This was the previous fiberglass shop. We have already removed half of the upper mezzanine to make room for another bay door and the start of the assembly line.
Next step is to fully remove the divider wall, install the new bay door, upgrade the lighting and get some power in the correct spots. Hopefully in a couple of weeks the assembly will swing over to this side...then we can start renovations in the middle area.

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:01 PM   #4
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Congratulations! Looking good and hope it all goes smoothly.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:02 PM   #5
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Congratulations Reace. It all looks great
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Looks really big! But I am sure that you can fill it!
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:39 PM   #7
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Now the renovations start on the production building!
This was the previous fiberglass shop. We have already removed half of the upper mezzanine to make room for another bay door and the start of the assembly line.
Next step is to fully remove the divider wall, install the new bay door, upgrade the lighting and get some power in the correct spots. Hopefully in a couple of weeks the assembly will swing over to this side...then we can start renovations in the middle area.

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:42 PM   #8
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Glad to see things are progressing along. Lots of anxious folks waiting on their trailers to be built and looks like the wait might be a little shorter due to all the additions and improvements you are making. The future for Escape Trailers is looking brighter and brighter.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:52 PM   #9
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Overhead crane, how nice ! Congratulations on the expansion.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:36 PM   #10
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Well, the new fiberglass shop is finally in full swing! Still finishing things here and there and realizing that not everything is fitting in the spot it was supposed to... but overall things are moving in the right direction. At this time the crew is making 1-1/2 trailers in an 8 hour shift. Previously they could only build 1 trailer per shift and had to work Saturday's in an effort to get 6 trailers per week. They are enjoying the new space and new equipment which is making the process much more efficient for them.

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What is the production goal once things get settled in, Reace, or is the 1 1/2 per 8 hours the goal and you're hitting where you want to be going forward?
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:11 AM   #11
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Looks great Reace and Tammy!!
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:46 AM   #12
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Wow, that is a 50% increase in productivity. It must be hard to renovate while in production but Reace seems to be successful. Re: german shepherd, Escape has several "junkyard" dogs that secure the premises at night, during the day they sleep at Tammy's feet for warmth.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:43 AM   #13
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Congratulations to the whole Escape team. I know there is a lot of work that goes into moving production lines while still in production. Keep up the great work.
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Congratulations to Reace, Tammy, and the whole Escape crew. You have been working on this for a long time, combined with coming out with new trailer versions! You guys deserve a vacation!
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It all looks great. Happy for you guys!!
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Old 01-09-2017, 01:44 PM   #16
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What is the production goal once things get settled in, Reace, or is the 1 1/2 per 8 hours the goal and you're hitting where you want to be going forward?
For the immediate future, we are setting up for 2 trailers per 8 hour shift. The fiberglass shop will be able to achieve that shortly, however the production line needs to be completed in order to keep up.

The company with all the wood in the front building on the property has finally moved out! There is still quite a bit of lumber in the yard that they have to move but the buildings are empty. We now have crews in gutting that building in preparation for Tammy's offices. Much on the go happening all at once...but hoping to have everything ready for spring.

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Old 01-09-2017, 02:09 PM   #17
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Wow , it's getting so big ....maybe we won't recognize it the next time we are there !
Congratulations on so much success and a wish for it to continue !
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:18 PM   #18
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For the immediate future, we are setting up for 2 trailers per 8 hour shift. The fiberglass shop will be able to achieve that shortly, however the production line needs to be completed in order to keep up.

The company with all the wood in the front building on the property has finally moved out! There is still quite a bit of lumber in the yard that they have to move but the buildings are empty. We now have crews in gutting that building in preparation for Tammy's offices. Much on the go happening all at once...but hoping to have everything ready for spring.

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Wow, that will be quite an improvement.
Looks great so far, congrats.
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Congratulations! Hard to believe that when I ordered in 2013 they had a challenge to keep everyone employed during the winter!
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