Jim Colton, vice president of his family-owned business, confirmed that Colton RV is leasing a vacant 6,000-square-foot former used car dealership from Jim Ball Cadillac along Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, N.Y. Colton RV will be opening its Orchard Park location by March 1, bizjournals.com reported.
By leasing the building from Jim Ball, Colton RV has ended a one search for a Southtowns location.
“We wanted to be closer to where a lot of our customers are,” Colton said. “This is a case of giving us a better opportunity to reach a big part of our customer base.”
The deal doesn’t impact Colton RV’s Wheatfield dealership, which has been on Niagara Falls Boulevard since 1982.
The new site will house between 100 and 150 units, Colton said. The units will run the spectrum from small tent campers to larger RVs and motorhomes. The dealership will employ six people, initially.
Colton RV had a location in the Walden Galleria for three years, but left the Cheektowaga mall in 2009.
Colton said the new site offers his company more elbow room to show off his stock of vehicles. The Jim Ball property includes a five-acre lot.
“It gives us plenty of room,” he said.
Colton RV was founded in 1962 in North Tonawanda.
College juniors Ross Albert and Johnathon Miles are the latest recipients of $2,500 scholarships from the RV Learning Center Scholarship Program, which is endowed through The Kindlund Family Foundation.
Albert is majoring in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and hopes to research alternative fuels for diesel engines. His sponsor is Ace Fogdall RV, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Miles is studying accounting and finance at Niagara University. He has worked in RV dealerships for five years and wants to help more families buy RVs. His sponsor is Colton RV, North Tonawanda, N.Y., where he currently works.
“Ross and Johnathan are excellent students. They are working hard in school to advance themselves and help build a better future for the RV industry,” said Newt Kindlund.
The RV Learning Center Scholarship Program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants are judged on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and honors, RV industry involvement, financial need and a 500-word essay. The program has awarded more than $50,000 to 20 students since its inception in 2000.
The Kindlund family, which endowed the scholarship program with $270,000, remains active in the RV industry even after selling its corporation, Holiday RV Superstores, in 1999. Newt Kindlund serves on the board of directors of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation.
Lazydays in Seffner, Fla., has been named Tiffin Motorhomes’ No. 1 dealer for 2010. The Red Bay, Ala.-based Class A motorhome manufacturer announced its top dealers today (Aug. 23) in a news release.
Lazydays opened in 1976 in a mobile home on a leased 1.75-acre lot with two travel trailers in inventory and $500 in capital. In 1996, Lazydays moved into its 126-acre SuperCenter, which has more than 1,000 motorized and towable RVs on display, 273 service bays and a 300-site RV park.
The other Top Tiffin Dealers for 2010 are Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores in Sante Fe Springs, Cal.; La Mesa RV in San Diego, Cal.; North Trail RV Center in Fort Myers, Fla.;, Davis Motorhome Mart in Memphis, Tenn.; Horizon Lussier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bankston Motor Homes in Huntsville, Ala.; Dixie RV SuperStores, in Hammond, La.; Vogt RV Centers USA in Fort Worth, Texas; Colton RV in North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Marlin Ingram RV Center in Montgomery, Ala.; and Bucars RV Center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Tiffin Motorhomes, founded in 1972, received one of three prestigious 2009 Quality Circle Awards presented by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) to Class A motorhome manufacturers for design, reliability, quality, value and competitive price.
Tiffin has earned the Quality Circle Award 11 of the 14 years it has been presented by the RVDA in connection with its Dealer Satisfaction Index. The 2009 survey included 1,644 brand ratings from 322 dealers. Quality Circle Awards are made to manufacturers receiving at least 15 dealer responses and scoring at least 80% in overall dealer satisfaction.
In addition to the consumer-related categories of the survey, Tiffin also was recognized with the Quality Circle Award for exemplary warranty, parts, sales and communications support to dealerships.
For additional information including dealer locations visit www.tiffinmotorhomes.com.