Thor Industries, Inc. was founded on August 29, 1980, when Wade F. B. Thompson and Peter B. Orthwein acquired Airstream, the most recognized name in the industry. Since then, Thor has received many honors for its growth and management success. In January, 2000, Forbes included Thor in its Platinum 400 list, and in April 2004, Thor was added to the Standard & Poor's Mid-Cap 400. Also in 2004, Forbes declared Thor to be one of the "Best Managed Companies in America, " In 2005, Fortune called Thor one of "America's Most Admired Companies," and Industry Week ranked Thor as one of the fifty best U.S. manufacturers. Since their beginning in 1980, Thor has acquired several top named brands in the country. This includes names like; General Coach, a Canadian travel trailer and fifth wheel company, ElDorado Bus, a small and mid-sized bus company, Dutchmen Manufacturing, one of the leading brands of travel trailers and fifth wheels, Four Winds International, manufacturer of Class A and C motorhomes, Komfort, Champion Bus, Keystone RV, Damon, CrossRoads, Goshen Coach, Heartland RV, and most recently acquired the assets of the innovative RV maker Livin' Lite. Thor has become one of the most admired and respected companies, not only in the RV and bus industries, but in American business as well.