Florida-based dealer North Trail RV Center has completed the first stage of multimillion dollar, 75-acre expansion at the company’s site along the I-75 corridor in Fort Myers.
According to a press release, the renovated facility will offer over 70,000 square feet of buildings including a 21,000-square-foot sales center, covered service bays and work areas, motorhome express lube, 50-foot automatic motorhome wash. North Trail said that the new state-of-the-art facilities are being built to accommodate the growing demand for RVs and RV service during the winter months from local RVers and the influx of snowbirds.
As part of the expansion, North Trail reported jobs are being created and filled daily from entry level to key management positions, including industry veteran Steve Roddy as service manager. Roddy will be in charge of managing a team of technicians that will focus entirely on existing guest service as well as walk-in service needs. Derek Marks, service manager at North Trail for the last five years, will lead his team of technicians in preparing and servicing all new coaches for delivery to new North Trail RV Center guests.
Roddy, one of the founding instructors for the Florida RV Trade Association’s On-line Distance Learning Technician Training Program, will also be heading up a 40-week, in-house training series starting next month. Technicians will attend additional training sessions every week for 40 weeks in this program and at the end will be tested to obtain their RVIA/RVDA certification.
“This is an excellent way for North Trail to provide an even higher level of quality, consistent service to its guests and also will benefit these hardworking technicians by continuing their education and adding certifications to their credentials,” said Roddy.
With over 41 years experience in the RV business, Roddy has worked for RV manufacturers, as well as managed service departments for large, multilocation dealerships.
“We are very excited to welcome Steve Roddy to our service team here at our Ft. Myers location,” said Alan Erp, owner of North Trail RV Center. “This expansion, along with our top notch, dedicated staff is going to make North Trail RV Center and Southwest Florida an RV destination for the entire country. Our guests come here for the best inventory selection and high level of service that we provide. We will have the newest, cutting-edge equipment and facilities in the nation and we are excited about bringing on some of the industry’s most talented people to our team as well as discovering and training ambitious newcomers that are willing to learn and work hard towards a thriving future as part of the North Trail family.”
Growing from a five-person, mom-and-pop-business 26 years ago, North Trail RV Center has grown to include over 180 employees in three locations with sales exceeding $120 million dollars annually. For more information about North Trail RV Center or positions available, visit http://www.northtrailrv.com or call (888) 819-9973.