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.
Fairmont Park Trailers, a division of Fairmont Homes Inc., Nappanee, Ind., will be introducing the Serenity line of destination travel trailers at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show Sept. 14-20 in Hershey, Pa. The Serenity is 8 1/2 feet wide with 8-foot tall ceilings and will be built up to 400 square feet. Residential features like full-size appliances, large closets and residential style furniture abound in the Serenity line, along with desirable mobility features like power slide-outs, 12-volt wiring system and holding tanks. Interior attributes include surround sound, ceiling fan and a gas/electric water heater. Exterior elements comprise a full fiberglass front cap, patio door, fender skirts, wrapped bottom metal and a detachable hitch. John Soard, sales manager for Fairmont Park Trailers, said Serenity provides Fairmont dealers the ability to service both ends of the destination camping market with one strong supplier. He noted that Fairmont also builds the Brookwood and Country Manor brands of 12-foot-wide park trailers as well as 14-foot- wide CSA park models for Canada. Soard estimates the average MSRP base price for Serenity models to be in the low- to mid-$30,000 range.