Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales Inc., Ellwood City, Pa., recently announced that the dealership is expanding for the first time in its 49-year history. The new store, to be located just north of Fredericksburg, Va., on two-plus acres off I-95, has an anticipated opening of Sept. 3, 2014, for service and parts and a grand opening slated for late September.
The new subsidiary company will be co-owned by Steve Deffenbaugh and Randy Giancola and do business as Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Virginia. According to a news release, the new site “will continue the tradition and values laid by Clem Giancola, the company’s founder, who passed away last December.” Randy Giancola, Clem’s son, and Deffenbaugh also serve as president and general manager, respectively, for the parent company.
“Over the past three years we have seen tremendous growth since the addition of Steve Deffenbaugh as general manager, almost tripling our business,” said Giancola. “Steve and I have had plans now for well over a year now to expand on that success and go into business together and take what my parents started with a few trailers and a dream to where we are now ready to expand into a different market. We feel now is the time and Virginia is the place.”
Diffenbaugh noted, “There is not a person or family I could have ever asked for a better opportunity to partner up with than the Giancola family. We considered several other locations but with my professional experience working in Virginia and knowledge of the Virginia marketplace, we felt this was a good fit with our plans for expansion at Clem’s.”
Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Virginia will be a full-service facility offering, new and used RV sales, service and all types of accessories for the camping enthusiast. Currently, Clem’s is accepting applications for several positions including technicians, parts and sales. Resumes can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information about Clem’s RV and Trailer Sales can be found at www.clemstrailersales.com
Coachmen RV and Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales have been doing business together since Coachmen was founded in 1964, according to a news release.
Michael R. Terlep, president of Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., presented the award to Giancola at the Forest River Product Expo in Elkart, Ind., in September.
“Our Industry is an industry rich in relationships, friendships and value. We at Coachmen place a special value on our longstanding relationships and it is with great pleasure that we present our long time friend and business partner with this special tenure and longevity award,” stated Terlep.
“It’s such an honor to accept this award,” said Giancola. “Our partnership with Coachmen goes all the way back to October of 1964. Being a Coachmen dealer for over 46 years has been truly rewarding.”
Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales opened its doors in March 1964 in Ellwood City, Pa., under Giancola’s parents, Clem and Helen Giancola. Today Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales is Western Pennsylvania’s largest RV dealer carrying seven different product lines of new and used travel trailers, fifth-wheels, tent campers and used motorhomes.
Coachmen was founded in 1964 by three brothers: Tom, Keith and Claude Corson. In December of 2008, Coachmen RV became a member of Forest River Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company. Coachmen RV is headquartered in Middlebury, Ind..
“Being a Coachmen dealer has allowed us to consistently provide our customers with a reliable – value added product with the most recognized name in the business, backed by a great company. This has proven to be a real asset for both our dealership and the customers that we serve,” said Giancola. “We look forward to being a Coachmen dealer for many more years to come.”