Forest River Acquires Conversion Builder Battisti

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June 20, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Forest River Inc. today (June 19) announced the acquisition of certain assets of Battisti Customs Inc., a leading vehicle conversion company located in Elkhart, Ind.

According to a release, Battisti Customs produces luxury conversions on multiple platforms including Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit and the Ram ProMaster chassis. It also performs a variety of limo and specialty upfits for various bus manufacturers, including an exclusive agreement with Forest River-owned Berkshire Coach.

The company’s conversions include mobile offices, mobile medical, executive shuttles, day cruiser RVs and luxury shuttle buses.

Battisti Customs was formed in 2009 by Bill Battisti and Carl Hazzard, who have extensive experience engineering and crafting interior vehicle concepts.

The expertise Battisti Customs brings makes for unlimited possibilities for Forest River dealers and their customers, according to the company’s announcement. In order to keep up with their growing product line, Battisti Customs will be moving from their current 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to a new 60,000-square-foot facility in Elkhart later this month.

David Wright of Forest River said, “We are excited to welcome Battisti Customs to the Forest River family. Bill and Carl bring a vast amount of knowledge in the custom upfitting of vans and buses to our company. This knowledge will be extremely valuable to the Forest River dealer base as we expand our presence in these markets. The opportunities that Battisti brings to our dealers and their customers are enormous.”

Battisti said, “Carl and I looking forward to joining Forest River and continuing to grow the company we created. Battisti Customs has always provided the highest level of customer service and quality interior conversions. Through our sale to Forest River, we will have the opportunity to expand our line of diversified products. We are excited about the future opportunities for our business, our customers, and our employees.”

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