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Overland Production Halted

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August 7, 2001 by   Leave a Comment

Odessa Industries Inc., the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of the Overland Lorado and Overland Osprey series of Class A motorhomes, recently went out of business and an auction of some of its property is scheduled for Wednesday (Aug. 8).

Odessa owners Deb and Verle Hochstetler could not be reached for comment, but callers to the company’s phone number hear a recording that states the firm “ceased operations.” Overland motorhome owners seeking help with parts or service are directed to contact All Brand RV Service Inc. of Elkhart at 219 294 2363.

The auction will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday (local time) at Overland’s former location, 2208 Middlebury St., Elkhart.

The real estate is for sale but it will not be auctioned on Wednesday, according to Hahn Auction Inc. Only the office and manufacturing equipment will be auctioned Wednesday.

The Overland brand dates back to 1991 when it was the property of the now-defunct Mallard Coach Corp. The Hochstetlers later acquired the rights to the name and began building Overland-brand motorhomes during 1996.

Overland dealers retailed 78 units during 1999 and 63 units during 2000, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.

During the first five months of this year, there were 18 Overland units sold on the retail market, Statistical Surveys reports.

Overland occupied a 35,000-square-foot factory on Elkhart’s east side and employed as many as 60 people.

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