Allied Specialty Vehicles Exits Towable Market
Orlando, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. (ASV) announced today (Feb. 10) it is closing towable operations and exiting the towable RV market in order to “concentrate on its growing, profitable motorized recreational vehicle product lines” that include the American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler and Monaco brands.
The towable division was not sold, but was simply closed, confirmed Steve Hileman, director of marketing for Decatur, Ind.-based Allied Recreation Group (ARG), speaking on behalf of parent ASV.
“I can confirm that ASV has closed its towable RV business,” Hileman told RVBUSINESS.com. “It is not a sale. ASV will continue to honor its warranty obligations on towable RV products sold to customers and dealers.”
In a letter to dealers, Peter Guile, ASV president and CEO, noted, ”With the strong growth of motorized RV and improved conditions in our other markets, ASV has decided to focus its resources and efforts on capturing that growth.”
ASV builds Holiday Rambler, R-Vision and Trail Lite towables at facilities in Elkhart, Ind., and Harrisburg, Ore. A report by FOX 28 indicated that the Elkhart closure affected around 85 permanent workers.
FOX 28 said that employees have been told they will receive a check for 60 days of pay as severance on Feb. 28 and will be able to keep their insurance through April 10.