Manufactured housing and park model RV builder Cavco Industries Inc. announced that the Phoenix, Ariz., company has acquired Fairmont Homes Inc. of Nappanee, Ind. Fairmont is a sister company to RV towable builder Gulf Stream Coach Inc.
“We are pleased to have the Fairmont business and employees join the Cavco group of companies,” said Cavco President Joe Stegmayer in the announcement. “We believe that Fairmont’s strong production capabilities, reputation for product quality and service and its excellent customer base fit well with Cavco’s philosophy and approach to doing business.
“This acquisition brings a very experienced team of people and enables Cavco to more fully serve a number of our existing customers as well as add new geographic markets in which Fairmont is well established including the Midwest, the western Great Plains states, the Northeast and several provinces in Canada,” he said.
The purchase price, which was paid in cash at closing, was not disclosed. This acquisition was funded with Cavco’s internal capital. Certain liabilities were also assumed including homeowner warranty programs.
Jim Shea, chief executive officer of Fairmont, commented, “The opportunity for Fairmont to join with Cavco is a truly exciting development for our dedicated associates and great customers. After an extended period of discussions, we recognized that Cavco shares a business philosophy similar to our own. It is an organization that will provide our customers and employees much opportunity for continued growth and success. I offer my full support to ensure a smooth transition and a great future for Fairmont.”
Fairmont homes and park model RVs will continue to be marketed under the Fairmont, Friendship, Harmony and Century brand names. Brian Cira, president of Fairmont Homes and a 28-year veteran of the company, will remain in the same role with responsibility for all operations of the Fairmont business.
Cavco Homes and Cavco Park Models along with subsidiaries Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, Nationwide Homes, and Chariot Eagle are among the strongest brand names in the industry. Including Fairmont, the company employs approximately 3,700 people and operates 19 manufacturing plants as well as retail home centers, finance and insurance businesses in the United States. Additional information about Cavco can be found at www.cavco.com.
The Herkimer Diamond, N.Y., Kampground of America (KOA) recently became the first campground in the U.S. with a 100% off-the-power-grid, solar-powered commercial camping lodge.
With solar panels on its roof harnessing energy and a prototype propane backup generator, the new KOA Solar 1 Lodge is able to run completely independent of outside energy sources, according to a news release. The generator kicks in to recharge the system’s power-storage batteries during cloudy weather.
Built by one of KOA’s preferred suppliers, Cavco Industries Inc., the lodge features Generac’s industry-first propane generator, which backs up a system of solar panels made by Solarmax, a leader in solar technology.
The Solar 1 Lodge is packed with “green” technology and products, right down to its recycled metal roof and pulverized glass landscaping. Even the bed pillows are made from fiberfill from recycled plastic bottles.
The new lodge lets people have the experience, and learn about all of the green technologies, said Renee Scialdo Shevat, owner of the Herkimer Diamond KOA and the 2010 KOA Franchisee of the Year.
The green theme continues outside, with deck furniture fabricated from recycled plastic milk jugs, and an organic garden where guests can harvest their own vegetables during their stay.