April Auctions Set for Failed Canadian RV Maker

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Century Services Inc. will be conducting auctions on April 8 in Red Deer, Alberta, and April 15 in Strathroy, Ontario, for the assets of bankrupt RV maker Glendale Recreational Vehicles and Travelaire Canada Ltd.

The auctions will be selling all the assets of the company, including several dozen finished trailers, machines, tools and raw materials, CSI auctioneer James Carlson told

“Between the two locations, I’d like to see north of $4 million or close to it,” he said.

The service will conduct two simultaneous auction rings at each sale to guarantee everything is sold in one day at each site, he said.

CSI is one of the leading Canadian auction firms. Carlson said he has sold dozens of RVs at auction but this will be the first time he has sold an entire RV manufacturing firm.

Marketer of the Titanium and Travelaire RV brands among others, Glendale was founded in 1971 and at one point held a 40% share of the Canadian RV market. The company’s parent, Firan Corp., was a factor in the U.S. market in the 1990s, operating two Elkhart, Ind.-area companies — Firan Motor Coach Inc. in Elkhart and Fireside RV Inc. in Bristol.

According the most recent financial report issued by the company in October, the Glendale RV division had just under $9 million in sales for the first nine months of 2009 — down from about $16.6 million in the same period of 2008.

Sales at the Travelaire division were more resilient, falling to $6 million from $6.7 million in the first nine months of 2008.

The company reported on Jan. 19 that it voluntarily filed for bankruptcy under Canadian bankruptcy laws. All corporate directors resigned and Ernst & Young Inc. was appointed as trustee of the estate of the corporation.The closing resulted in the unemployment of 200, leaving two manufacturing locations and brand-new, unsold inventory.

For further information contact CSI representative Carlson, (403) 870-1177, or

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