Jayco Focusing on Core Businesses

April 27, 2004 by · Comments Off on Jayco Focusing on Core Businesses 

Jayco Inc. has increased its output 40% so far this year over the first part of 2003 by concentrating on its “core businesses,” towable RVs and Class C motorhomes, according to Derald Bontrager, president and COO. Although Jayco, a company owned by the Bontrager family, has sold two motorhome assembly plants this year to competitor Coachmen Industries Inc., it has been able to build more units by consolidating production in its most efficient plants on the south side of Middlebury, Ind., Bontrager... Read more

Drew’s Zieman Acquisition Coming Soon

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It has taken longer than expected, but Drew Industries Inc. now believes it will complete the acquisition of West Coast towable RV chassis supplier Zieman Manufacturing Co. in about two weeks. Drew, parent of RV industry supplier firms Lippert Components and Kinro, announced its plan to buy Whittier, Calif.-based Zieman about a month ago. In addition to travel trailer and fifth-wheel chassis, Zieman also makes trailers for hauling boats, personal watercraft, snowmobiles and other types of equipment.... Read more

Country Coach Reports Record Sales

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Highline diesel pusher manufacturer Country Coach reported record sales volume during the first quarter of this year, its parent company, National RV Holdings Inc., reported today (April 27). Country Coach’s sales revenue increased 85% to $46.7 million during the three months ended March 31, compared with $25.2 million generated during the January-through-March portion of 2003. Meanwhile, sales at the National RV subsidiary of National RV Holdings increased 19% during the first three months of... Read more

Patrick Reports $522,000 Loss

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Manufactured housing and RV industry supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reports its first quarter net loss narrowed to $522,000, when compared with the $900,000 net loss it incurred during the first three months of 2003. The company’s sales revenue declined 2% during the three months ended March 31 to $65.7 million primarily because manufactured housing shipments were down more than 12% during the first two months of this year, said Paul Hassler, president and CEO. Sales to manufacturing housing... Read more

Demand Still Strong for Fiberglass Reinforced Panels

April 26, 2004 by · Comments Off on Demand Still Strong for Fiberglass Reinforced Panels 

The demand from RV builders for fiberglass reinforced panels was strong during the first quarter and is expected to stay that way during the balance of this year, according to the Crane Co., parent of Kemlite, which supplies Filon-brand fiberglass reinforced panels. Crane also owns Lampro of the United Kingdom, which supplies fiberglass reinforced panels to European caravan builders. During the first quarter, sales at Crane’s Engineered Materials division, which includes Kemlite, had a 10% increase... Read more

Drew Reports Record Sales and Earnings

April 26, 2004 by · Comments Off on Drew Reports Record Sales and Earnings 

Drew Industries Inc., parent of RV industry suppliers Lippert Components and Kinro, reports record first-quarter sales and earnings because of the RV industry’s continued strength and manufactured-housing industry sales that improved for the first time in more than two years. “It was a great quarter by any measure as both our RV and manufactured-housing segments ran well ahead of their industries,” said Leigh Abrams, Drew’s president and CEO. The New York Stock Exchange-listed company’s... Read more

REDEX Adds Seven More Dealerships

April 26, 2004 by · Comments Off on REDEX Adds Seven More Dealerships 

The REDEX buying group added seven more RV dealership companies during the first quarter of this year and distributed rebate checks totaling almost $300,000 to certain members during its recent annual meeting. REDEX, the Recreational Dealers Exchange Co., added the following dealerships: Stout’s RV of Greenwood, Ind.; Avalon RV & Marine of Medina, Ohio; Russ Dean RV of Pasco, Wash.; Rocky Mountain RV & Marine of Albuquerque, N.M.; Venture Out RV of Bakersfield, Calif.; Motor Sportsland... Read more

Country Coach Honors Guaranty RV

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Highline motorhome manufacturer Country Coach Inc. has named Junction City, Ore.-based Guaranty RV Centers its Dealer of the Year for 2003. Country Coach, a subsidiary of National RV Holdings Inc., named Guaranty its dealer of the year in 1999 and each year since then. In 2003, Guaranty sold 135 Country Coach motorhomes, a 13% increase over 2002 and the 10th consecutive year Guaranty has sold more than 100 Country Coach units. Country Coach, headquartered in Junction City, also named Guaranty sales... Read more

Coachmen Has Strong First Quarter

April 26, 2004 by · Comments Off on Coachmen Has Strong First Quarter 

Thanks to strong increases in RV and housing and building sales, Coachmen Industries Inc. earned $660,000 in the first quarter, partially offsetting the $2.8 million net loss it incurred during the first three months of 2003. Coachmen reported a net loss during the first quarter of last year largely because the RV market was weak because of consumers’ fears about a war with Iraq. Coachmen’s RV operations posted $1.5 million pretax profit in the first three months of last year, compared with a... Read more

RV Storage Expansion Denied

April 23, 2004 by · Comments Off on RV Storage Expansion Denied 

Local officials in suburban New Orleans denied the request from the owner of an RV-boat storage business to expand his facility, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported. The owner of the storage business, Burt Lattimore, was seeking the rezoning of a 104-foot-wide stretch of land next to a residential area in the town of Meraux, La., to allow for the expansion. However, the St. Bernard Parish Council voted to reject the proposal because many people living in the adjacent residential area opposed... Read more

Creation Lifts DURA’s Top Line

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RV, van-conversion and manufactured-housing industry supplier Creation Group, which DURA Automotive Systems Inc. acquired in July, contributed the vast majority of the sales revenue increase DURA experienced during the first three months of this year. DURA, which also owns RV industry supplier Atwood Mobile Products, reported first-quarter sales of $634.6 million, of which $33.9 million was contributed by Creation, the Nasdaq Stock Market-listed DURA reported. Thanks largely to Creation’s contribution,... Read more

RV Builders Help Millersburg

April 23, 2004 by · Comments Off on RV Builders Help Millersburg 

RV manufacturers Carriage Inc. and Forest River Inc. have agreed to help the town of Millersburg, Ind., by donating a combined total of $45,000 to help pay for waste-water treatment plant improvements, the Goshen News in Indiana reports. Forest River, headquartered in nearby Elkhart, Ind., agreed to contribute $25,000, and Carriage of Millersburg agreed to donate $20,000, the newspaper reports. Both companies have manufacturing operations in the town, which is about 15 miles southeast of Goshen. “Forest... Read more

Park Model Deliveries Up 19%

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The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) reports shipments increased 19% through the first three months of 2004. The RPTIA reports that 2,100 units were delivered compared to 1,700 in the first quarter of last year. The latest report from RPTIA, based in Newnan, Ga., showed 600 units shipped in January, followed by 700 in February and 800 in March, the strongest first quarter since 2001. RPTIA said manufacturers’ orders were “going gangbusters,” and attributed the increase,... Read more

Coachmen Buys a Second Factory

April 23, 2004 by · Comments Off on Coachmen Buys a Second Factory 

For the second time in about a month, Coachmen Industries Inc. has announced plans to buy a new factory. Coachmen revealed today (April 23) it has signed an agreement to buy a 147,000-square-foot factory north of Middlebury, Ind., where it would build Coleman by Coachmen units under the terms of a licensing agreement Coachmen signed with The Coleman Co. earlier this year. The seller was not identified, but Coachmen reported the plant it intends to buy is “immediately adjacent to the plant acquired... Read more

Midwest Gateway RVDA Supports Learning Center

April 22, 2004 by · Comments Off on Midwest Gateway RVDA Supports Learning Center 

Midwest Gateway RVDA, which represents St. Louis, Mo.-area RV dealers, is contributing $5,000 to support the national Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center. “We chose to support the RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center because we have found the benefits of the center to be a tremendous opportunity for dealers,” said Randy Howard, of Howard RV Supercenter and president of the Midwest Gateway RVDA. “We greatly appreciate the foundation’s... Read more

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