Winnebago Files SunnyBrook Purchase 8-K

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. today (Dec. 30) filed its form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its purchase of SunnyBrook Manufacturing Inc. The filing reads as follows: On December 29, 2010, Winnebago of Indiana, LLC, (“Winnebago of Indiana”) a newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Winnebago Industries, Inc. (the “Company”), SunnyBrook Manufacturing, Inc. (“SBM”), SunnyBrook RV, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidary of SBM (“SunnyBrook... Read more

Florida RV Dealers Prepare for 2011 Growth

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Dealerships specializing in recreational vehicles turned a corner in the second quarter of 2010, and the dealers expect the uptick in sales to continue well into the new year, The Florida Times Union, Jacksonville, reported. “I anticipate 2011 will be an extremely good year for us,” said Scottie Manson, general manager of Camping World RV Sales in St. Augustine. “Our inventories are in line with what our customers are wanting today. The manufacturers are responding to the market,... Read more

New ARVC CEO Talks About RVing/Camping

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Paul Bambei, new president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), sat down for an extensive interview with RV park and campground industry writer Evanne Schmarder during the recent InSites Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Bambei is an avid camper and RVer and talks about his RVing experiences in the early part of the interview. Click here to watch the 27-minute interview.  Read More →

Quality Drive Away Announces Restructuring

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Effective Saturday (Jan. 1), Quality Drive Away Inc. and Baker Transport, now named Foremost Transport Inc., will have completed their plan for restructuring. According to Devon Bechtel, president of Goshen, Ind.-based Quality Drive Away, the companies are being restructured to take greater advantage of their core competencies in the markets for which they provide transportation services. Quality has grown its share in commercial markets. The restructuring will separate the companies into two operating... Read more

Average U.S. Gasoline Price Rises, Hits $3.07

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Energy prices dropped today (Dec. 30) after the government said oil and natural gas supplies fell less than expected last week, The Associated Press reported. Benchmark crude for February delivery lost $1.94 at $89.18 per barrel. It was the first time in a week that oil was below the $90 mark. Oil has been surging for most of December as U.S. petroleum consumption ticked higher and traders looked forward to 2011, when oil is expected to touch $100 per barrel and perhaps go higher. Rising oil prices... Read more

Purchase Gives Winnebago Towable Foothold

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Wednesday’s announcement, that Winnebago Industries Inc., had completed the purchase of SunnyBrook Manufacturing Inc., puts the Forest City, Iowa-based motorized manufacturer in good stead as the new year approaches. The $5.7 million cash purchase accomplishes several key goals, according to Craig R. Kennison of Robert W. Baird & Co. “The deal enables Winnebago to: 1) enter the faster-growing towable market; 2) establish a manufacturing footprint in the Elkhart, Ind., area, where... Read more

Michigan’s Largest RV Show in Grand Rapids

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Michigan's largest RV show The Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show is coming to DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 14-16. The show will focus on vacations and showcase the latest RVs, accessories, campgrounds and travel destinations, according to a news release. A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 125 RV lines will be showing 2011 models in 200,000-plus square feet of display space, making it the largest RV show in the state. Dealers are: All Seasons RV, American... Read more

Chung Injects Big Boost to MVP RV Venture

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Winston Chung, Chinese investor in MVP RV MVP RV Inc., a Southern California-based manufacturer, has a visionary strategy that continues to chart a new course in the toy hauler trailer industry, according to a news release. As reported earlier this week, Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV has launched its newest product at the Mike Thompson RV Winter Super I-5 Show going on now in Santa Fe Springs through Jan. 9. The new Impact was unveiled on Sunday (Dec. 26) at the start of the 15-day show. The Impact... Read more

RV Resort Sells 1st ADA-Friendly Park Model

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Entrance to the Toutle River RV Resort's first ADA-friendly park model. Photo appears on the resort's Flickr site. Toutle River RV Resort’s park model sales division in Castle Rock, Wash., just sold its first ADA-friendly park model after getting recent approval of the home plans from the state of Washington. “We now have these homes available for sale to the general public or to RV parks looking to start or expand their park model rental program and considering offering an ADA-friendly... Read more

Goshen to Help Liegl Develop Land in 2011

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The city of Goshen, Ind., will help  Forest River Inc.’s Pete Liegl in 2011 develop land he owns on the city’s north side. It’s one of several pro-business measures the city will undertake in the coming year, according to a year-end review published by The Goshen News. Mayor Allan Kauffman is looking at preparing land for development as a main goal for 2011, looking closely at the 200 acres on the north side of town owned personally by Liegl. The land is already zoned industrial... Read more

Winnebago Completes SunnyBrook Purchase

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Bob Olson Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced late today (Dec. 29) it had consummated the purchase of substantially all of the assets of SunnyBrook RV Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SunnyBrook Manufacturing Inc., pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement for a total cost of $5.7 million in cash. The acquisition was made through a newly formed, wholly-owned Winnebago subsidiary, Winnebago of Indiana LLC. According to a news release, Winnebago of Indiana will continue to... Read more

20M U.S. Auto Recalls in 2010 Most Since ’04

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Automakers recalled about 20 million vehicles in 2010, led by high-profile recalls by Toyota that prompted new scrutiny of the auto industry’s safety record. The number of recalls this year was the largest in the United States since 2004, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The auto industry set a record with 30.8 million recalled vehicles that year. Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 7.1 million vehicles in 2010 to fix faulty gas pedals, floor mats that could trap... Read more

HGTV’s ‘RV 2011’ Premiers Saturday, Jan. 1

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Chi-Lan Lieu, hostess of HGTV's 'RV 2011' Along with parades and college bowl games, RVs will be in the national spotlight on New Year’s Day. HGTV’s annual RV special, “RV 2011,” will premiere Saturday (Jan. 1), at 4:00 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for the time in your area. Chi-Lan Lieu hosts the show. This marks the 13th consecutive year that HGTV has showcased new RV products and trends in a one-hour program, according to a news release from the Recreation Vehicle... Read more

Bill Plemmons RV World Opens Fourth Store

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Bill Plemmons RV World announced today (Dec. 29) the opening of its fourth North Carolina dealership. The new store, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary celebration, is located in Mocksville and, according to owner Steve Plemmons, will feature a full line of towable and motorized RVs. Founded by the late Bill Plemmons in 1951 in Winston-Salem, the original dealership eventually relocated to Rural Hall. The company also operates dealership locations in Salisbury, to cover the Charlotte... Read more

Hoosier Official Touts 2010 State Job Gains

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IEDC logo The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) announced today (Dec. 29) that in 2010 it worked with 200 companies from across the country and around the world that project to create more than 23,000 new jobs in Indiana, an increase from 19,955 in 2009 and more than any other year on record, according to a news release. Included in the total are several RV firms. “This year’s record results are a testament to the dedication of people throughout the state working hard to make... Read more

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