Troy, Mich.-based Champion Home Builders Inc. announced the appointment of Phyllis Knight as president of Champion Commercial Structures. In this new position, Knight will lead the company’s efforts to expand its presence in the commercial construction market, according to a press release.
Currently serving as CFO, Knight will continue in that position until her replacement is named. Knight will also assume executive responsibility for the company’s Star Fleet Trucking operations based in Goshen, Ind.
“The creation of this position is further demonstration of Champion’s commitment to the commercial segment of our business,” said Jack Lawless, president and CEO of Champion Home Builders. “Phyllis is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to broaden our geographic reach and technical capability for our expanding base of commercial customers, which today represent a variety of segments including hotels, apartments and other multi-family structures, student dwellings, retail, urban development and temporary housing in the energy, mining and military markets.”
“I am excited to be joining our commercial team,” Knight said. “Our commercial organization under the leadership of Dan McMurtrie has validated the value proposition which our nationwide construction footprint brings to commercial developers and owners. I am committed to working with Dan and the rest of the commercial team to build on this strong base and continue to drive rapid growth in this segment of our business.”
Champion Home Builders Inc. has filed a countersuit in a copyright dispute with Cavco Industries Inc. and PHH Liquidation Trust Inc.
Phoenix-based Cavco, which builds manufactured homes and RVs, and its Palm Harbor Homes division filed the initial copyright suit in U.S. Federal Court against Champion, claiming Champion violated the copyright law and misappropriated trade secrets regarding manufactured home designs and floorplans.
Joseph Kesterson, a resident of Denton County, Texas, who formerly worked at Palm Harbor Homes and now works for Champion, is also a plaintiff in the countersuit.
In a countersuit filed Sept. 7 in U.S. Federal Court in Sherman, Texas, Troy, Mich.-based Champion and Kesterson deny they violated the copyright law.
Moreover, plaintiffs deny that the designs and floorplans at issue constitute copyrightable work. They seek a declaratory judgment in their favor. They also seek a judgment that the designs and floorplans are not copyrightable material of the defendants.
The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant.
Champion Home Builders Inc. announced today (Aug. 8) that as part of its recent acquisition of Athens, Texas-based Athens Park Homes, it will be expanding the popular Athens Park Homes brand of park models to a broader program and will be building them at strategically placed plants throughout the U.S.
According to a press release, the targeted locations include Champion facilities in Chandler, Arizona, Weiser, Idaho, York, Neb., Athens, Texas, Sangerfield, N.Y., Lillington, N.C. and Lake City, Fla.
Dick Grymonprez, currently vice president of sales and marketing for Athens Park Homes, has been named Champion’s director of national park model sales. Grymonprez has many years of experience in park model sales and is currently president of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) while also serving on the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board as well as the park trailer and destination camping committee.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to combine the strengths of our two companies,” said Dick Grymonprez. “Athens Park Homesis recongnized as a national brand. However, with rising freight prices the logistical challenge of shipping from only one location in Texas has impacted our ability to compete nationwide. Our expanded footprint gives us the opportunity to provide the very best in park model homes and cabins to more of our customers at a lower price.”
Athens Park Homes are currently sold through retailers, developers and campground owners in 37 states as well as Finland and Japan.