Elkhart, ind.-based Skyline Corp. announced that John Fisher has joined its RV Group as national sales manager, reporting to Director of Sales and Marketing Brad Whitehead.
According to a press release, Fisher was previously product manager for the Sunset Trail Division at CrossRoads RV.
“I’m really excited to work with the dynamic team that Skyline has formed to revitalize the RV Group,” said Fisher.
Don Emahiser, president of the RV Group, added, “This new appointment of John to the RV Group, along with the recent hiring of Brad, gives us a very strong advantage in the RV market. We are eager to move forward and make Skyline what it is meant to be – an RV industry leader.”
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Indiana-based Skyline Corp. announced a restructuring of its RV Group at the company’s Elkhart and Bristol locations, according to a press release.
In addition to the recent hiring of Don Emahiser as president of the RV Group, two new positions were created to consolidate operations of both facilities.
Skyline named Michael Worden as the new director of operations. Worden formerly served as division manager of the Elkhart plant and is a 21-year employee of Skyline.
“These are very talented people in key positions,” said Emahiser. “Previously, each division operated independent of each other. By combining leadership, we will become more cohesive in our products, strategy and operations.”
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Skyline Corp., a manufactured housing and towable RV manufacturer headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., announced that veteran RV executive Don Emahiser has been hired to lead the company’s RV business group.
According to a press release, Emahiser will serve as president of the RV division and report to Skyline’s president and CEO. Emahiser will focus on product development, marketing and sales along with production and engineering.
Prior to joining Skyline, Emahiser served as the president of Crossroads RV, Redwood RV and Carriage RV. “I’m honored to be a part of the tradition-rich Skyline organization and can’t wait to assist with future successes,” said Emahiser.
Terry Decio, Skyline’s vice president of marketing and sales, noted, “We are truly excited to have Don join our team and we look forward to harnessing his solid RV experience as we grow our business.”
Skyline, founded more than 62 years ago, manufactures RVs under the brand names Nomad, Aljo, Layton and Weekender along with its newer, ultra-light Koala, Walkabout and EcoCamp trailers.
Skyline Corp.’s Terry Decio says he’s back in charge of RV sales after a hiatus of many years, and that he is consolidating all of the company’s RV production in Elkhart, Ind., over the next four or five weeks.
Decio told RVBUSINESS.com that in addition to Elkhart, where the RV and manufactured home builder is based, the company currently operates RV plants in Bristol, Ind., and Mansfield, Texas.
“We will keep the Mansfield plant running for a while, until we decide what to do with it,” said Decio, son of Skyline founder Art Decio. “Texas is still the No. 1 destination state for RVs, so we want to continue to work that market in a big way and will continue shipping a lot of product into the Lone Star State. But we’re going to do it from Elkhart County.”
On the RV side, Skyline today makes smaller travel trailers, destination trailers and park models. Decio is intent on adding to that mix.
“What I’m trying to do is expand the base of product into the market,” says Decio. “I cannot produce the variety of product that buyers are looking for out of the Texas plant. I can give them far more choices out of the Indiana plant because 90% of towable RV’s are built in Indiana and the Elkhart plants are a lot bigger than our facility in Texas.
“I can’t build any of the bigger units in Texas, plus there’s no supplier base. I’m the last plant left down there – everybody else has left. I can’t be flexible or creative, so I made a decision based on the fact that we want to offer more products. I know that in Elkhart I can do anything I want.”
The consolidation comes on the heels of the company’s annual earnings report which showed a net loss of $10.5 million, punctuated by a 10% decline in year-over-year RV sales.
Decio said that Terry Bodenbender, who has been running RV operations, will continue focusing more on product development as he has done for the past 18 months.
“I managed RV’s for a long time. Now, I’ve decided, I want to do it again,” Decio said, noting that he will assume duties as vice president of sales for and marketing for both RV’s and housing. “I ran RV’s for 20 years, then focused on the housing side after 40 years with the company. Everybody’s excited. I’m excited, and I want to keep pushing this business along. I think it’s going to get better and better.”
Skyline builds manufactured housing in several locations, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, California and Oregon. Decio aknowledged that the MH side is “a bigger component” for Skyline than RV’s.
“We’ve always been larger in the housing than we were in the RV’s,” Decio said. “But now we want to grow our RV’s again, too.”
Decio adds that Skyline will have product to show dealers during next month’s Elkhart County RV Open House, exhibiting on Northland Drive in Elkhart.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp. recently reported a net loss for its full fiscal year on a 3% decline in sales.
Sales for the full year were $177.6 million compared to $182.8 million reported in the same period a year ago.
The company incurred a net loss of $10.5 million for the year as compared to a net loss of $19.4 million for fiscal 2012. On a per share basis, net loss was $1.25 compared to $2.31 for the comparable period a year ago.
Recreational vehicle sales declined 10% to $66. 5 million in fiscal 2013 from $73.7 million in fiscal 2012 while housing sales dipped 2% to $111.1 million from $109.157 million.
Other highlights for the year included:
• Two idle recreational vehicle facilities located in Hemet, Calif., were sold for a gain of $1.4 million.
• An idle manufactured housing facility located in Mocksville, North Carolina was sold for a gain of $230,000.
Elkhart, Ind.-based RV and manufactured housing builder Skyline Corp. reported flat sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2013 while improving on its net loss.
According to documents filed with Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) sales during the first quarter totaled $49.9 million, an approximate 1% decrease from $50.3 million in the same period a year ago.
RV sales were $19 million in the first quarter, a 10% decrease from $21.1 million a year ago. Housing sales rose 6% to $30.9 million from $29.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
Net loss for the first quarter was $3.5 million as compared to $6.8 million the previous year. On a per share basis, net loss was 41 cents as compared to 82 cents for the same period a year ago.
The company said that decreases in the RV segment were caused primarily by a decline in sales to Canadian dealers.
Recreational vehicle and manufactured housing builder Skyline Corp. reported a net loss on increased revenue for its fiscal third quarter, ended Feb. 29.
Total net sales in the period were $36.8 million, a 16% increase from the $31.8 million reported in the same period a year ago. RV sales rose 34% to $17.7 million from $13.3 million in the previous year while housing revenue edged up 3% to $19 million.
Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was nearly $7.4 million as compared to a loss of $8.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. On a per share basis, net loss was 88 cents compared to $1.04 for the same period a year ago.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline announced the closure of its recreational vehicle facility in Hemet, Calif., due to weak demand in its market area – primarily states in the Pacific and Rocky Mountain regions. Operations are expected to conclude in April. The company said dealers that purchased recreational vehicles from this facility will have their product needs met by the facilities in Bristol and Elkhart.
Other highlights included:
• The board approved a resolution to suspend dividend payments on the outstanding shares of the corporation’s common stock until further notice. The suspension was for cash preservation purposes. The Board will evaluate financial performance and liquidity needs in determining the timing and amount of future dividend payments.
• Skyline reached a settlement in the case of FEMA formaldehyde product liability litigation. The settlement resulted in the corporation incurring a charge of approximately $400,000. The total settlement of $737,000 was remitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana subsequent to Feb. 29.
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Manufactured housing and recreational vehicle builder Skyline Corp. will be replaced by Exterran Holdings Inc. in the S&P SmallCap 600 index after the close of trading on Dec. 30. Skyline is ranked No. 600 in the SmallCap 600 index.
SmartTrend reported that it identified a “downtrend” for Skyline on July 18 when the stock was $15.76 per share. Since then, Skyline share prices have moved between a 52-week high of $27.69 and a 52-week low of $4.25, and started today’s trading at $4.69.
Skyline, based in Elkhart, Ind., filed its financial report on Oct. 7 for the fiscal 2012 first quarter, ended Aug. 31. The company reported sales of $50.3 million compared with $45.8 million the previous year while posting a net loss of $6.8 million versus a net loss of $6 million.
Skyline Corp. posted an increase in recreational vehicle sales for its fiscal 2012 first quarter while reporting a net loss for the period, as the manufactured housing market remained soft.
RV sales were up 39%, growing from $15.2 million a year ago to $21.1 million. Unit shipments for travel trailers and fifth-wheels increased approximately 44% from the year prior while industry shipments for these products during the period decreased approximately 2%. Housing sales were down 5%, slipping to $29.1 million from $30.6 million.
The Elkhart, Ind.-based builder reported a net loss of $6.8 million compared to $6 million last year.
To keep in line with demand, on May 31 Skyline ceased housing production at its Bristol, Ind., facility to produce RVs. The conversion is scheduled to be completed Oct. 31. The company also closed a housing facility in Fair Haven, Vt.
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The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and Skyline Corp. have negotiated an agreement that gives Skyline “preferred provider” status on park model and travel trailer sales to ARVC-member parks in the U.S. and Canada.
“I am very excited to have Skyline as a preferred provider,” said David L. Berg, ARVC chairman, adding that savings from a single park model purchase could offset the cost of ARVC dues for as much as 20 years.
“This agreement does not just cover rental units,” Berg said. “It covers all products that Skyline manufactures, including park models of all widths, towable travel trailers, park model cabins which they are designing specifically for ARVC members and mobile homes. The only restriction is that the member must use the units as rentals or sell them directly to their customers for use in their park.”
According to a press release, Skyline said the preferred provider agreement with ARVC should help boost sales for the Elkhart, Ind.-based company in an increasingly competitive market. “We’re looking forward to displaying some of our units at the upcoming Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo in Savannah,” said Terry Decio, Skyline’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Skyline has manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Florida, Oregon and California.
“With Skyline plans from New England to California, this will be a far reaching member benefit that the vast majority of our membership can enjoy,” Berg said.
ARVC is the national trade association that represents the outdoor hospitality industry. Based in Denver, Colo., membership includes over 3,300 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts throughout the United States. ARVC’s consumer website is www.GoCampingAmerica.com, while its industry website is www.ARVC.org.