Rose Details EverGreen’s Acquisition of Skyline

October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Kelly Rose In the wake of Wednesday’s (Oct. 8) announcement that EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was acquiring the RV assets of Skyline Corp., the Middelbury, Ind.-based towable RV builder has been moving quickly to integrate Skyline employees and get new product to market under the EverGreen badge. Chairman Kelly L. Rose told that around 100 production, purchasing and salespeople working out of Skyline’s RV division facilities on Indiana 15 in Bristol were “terminated,”... Read more

Detroit RV Show Sees Record Gate, Strong Sales

October 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

MARVAC’s Bill Sheffer The 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, Oct. 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., had another successful run. Organizers reported attendance figures totaled 12,000 people, up from last year’s record numbers. “We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Bill Sheffer, director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) which annually sponsors the show. “There was an increase in attendance and... Read more

Keystone Automotive Finalizes Stag Acquisition

October 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In yet another RV industry consolidation move, NTP Distribution Inc. parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. is acquiring Atlanta-based Stag-Parkway Inc., the nation’s largest distributor of RV aftermarket parts and accessories. “That’s confirmed,” Jane Donnelly marketing director for NTP, the country’s second largest distributor, told “I believe the deal closed Friday.”The news was spreading quickly today as a letter from NTP Vice President and General Manager Joe... Read more

HUD Rule Interpretation Threatens Park Models

October 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Porches are common features on the outsides of park model RVs, used by many campgrounds as rental units. On Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Programs  Administrator Pamela Danner issued a memorandum regarding the way in which park model RVs (PMRVs) are measured, effectively rolling back decades of precedent and threatening the future of the RV class. According to a statement issued by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association... Read more

RV Firms Unite to Donate Coach to ‘ARK Project’

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From left, Jesse Moore, Dalton Lemert, Jacob Thatcher, Alex Radelich and Theodore Thatcher. A host of RV industry companies are donating a motorhome to a group of college-aged men on a mission to “inspire an epidemic of kindness in our society.” Lippert Components Inc., Thor Motor Coach, Atwood Mobile Products LLC, Patrick Industries Inc., Dicor Corp. and MITO Corp. have teamed up to donate a new motorhome to ARK Project Now, a grassroots organization determined to commit Acts of Random Kindness... Read more

Skyline Responds to Cavco’s Interest to Acquire

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is an official statement from Skyline Corp. responding to Cavco Industries Inc.’s Sept. 26 announcement of its “interest in acquiring” the longtime Elkhart, Ind.-based manufactured housing and RV builder. Click here to view Cavco’s statement, which was issued shortly after news of a tentative agreement for Skyline to sell its RV interests to EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC. Click here to view the Skyline/EverGreen story posted on Skyline... Read more

RVIA Elects Jayco’s Derald Bontrager Chairman

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outgoing RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert passes gavel to Derald Bontrager Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc., was elected Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) chairman for fiscal year 2015 during the association’s board of meeting on Sept. 24 at The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colo. RVIA reported in a press release that Bontrager succeeds Doug Gaeddert, general manager for Forest River Inc., who served in the position the past two years. “The board has elected one of... Read more

RVB Announces ‘Top 50 Dealer’ Award Winners

September 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The newest class of U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle retailers slated to receive 2014 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas is a virtual “Who’s Who” of U.S. and Canadian RV retailing — from smaller family-held stores to emerging independent chains during an era of rapid industry consolidation. At the head of the class, selected by a panel of industry experts that convened in September for some... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Gain 5.8% in Aug.; Up 9% YTD

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

August wholesale shipments to retailers continued to cruise along, rising 5.8% above this same month last year to 26,441 units. As with recent months, towable RVs reflected the largest unit gains while motorhomes grew by the largest percentage gain. Motorhomes represented 15% of all shipments in the month of August this year the highest percentage of motorhome shipments in any single month since December of 2007.  Year to date, RV shipments through August have reached 246,483 units, representing... Read more

Cavco Interested in Acquisition of Skyline Corp.

September 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cavco Industries Inc. announced Friday (Sept. 26) its interest in a potential acquisition of Skyline Corp., a publicly-traded company, at “a significant market premium.” The announcement came shortly after news of a tentative agreement to sell Skyline’s RV division to EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was released. According to a press release, over the past several weeks, Cavco has attempted to open a dialogue with the board of directors of Skyline through a series of formal communications.... Read more

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