Canadian-based dealer network Fraserway RV LP announced the pending acquisition of the Okanagan Group, set to be finalized on Dec. 31.
According to a press release, the Okanagan Group consists of five dealerships operating as: Country RV in Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton, British Columbia; Roadmaster RV in Leduc (Edmonton), Alberta; and Lacombe RV in Lacombe, Alberta.
The change marks the end of the Okanagan Group operation owned by Chris Epp for many years and, more recently, under the direction of his brother, James Epp, who also serves as owner and CEO of the Fraserway Group.
“On Jan. 1, 2014, Fraserway RV LP will become the new owner and the Fraserway leadership team will direct the management of the Okanagan Group locations,” said Epp. “We look forward to working with the Okanagan management team to continue the great customer service these dealerships have become known for.”
Fraserway, established in 1969, said the the new locations expand its presence into the Okanagan area of British Columbia and into Central Alberta.
Six members of Fraserway RV’s executive team have returned from Southern Alberta, Canada, after volunteering two days in flood relief efforts under the direction of Samaritan’s Purse Canada.
According to a press release, the charity has been working since the June 20 flood to reclaim damaged properties and provide assistance for those affected by the tragedy.
“I wanted to challenge our executive leadership team to volunteer to help with the very situation we’ve been working so hard to relieve,” said Fraserway RV owner James Epp, spokesman for the recent campaign by four Alberta RV dealerships to raise $300,000 in five weeks through donations from RV sales. “So we flew to Calgary, where we were promptly picked up by a Samaritan’s Purse bus and coached on what was going to happen.”
By July 27, a final total of $291,630 was collected for flood relief.
The team spent one day cleaning out the flooded basement of a home in Siksika Nation, and another day doing the same at a home in High River. They were told to bring their boots, but were provided with the rest of the gear required to safely execute the work at hand, including protective bodysuits, and respirators to avoid mold spores and dust from debris.
“It is because of partnerships like [this] that our work is possible,” said David Mikitka, ministry developer with Samaritan’s Purse Canada. “Over the longer term, Samaritan’s Purse will be moving toward a rebuilding phase. Much needs to be done.”
Samaritan’s Purse has responded to the needs of people affected by flooding in the communities of Calgary, High River, Black Diamond, Medicine Hat, and Skisika Nation.
By the end of July, the non-profit had mobilized over 4,000 volunteers, who have responded to the needs of more than 600 homeowners.