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Consumer Confidence Receding

May 1st, 2015 Comments off

unhappy face  fotosearchThe private research group the Conference Board reports consumers are more worried about the economy as well as the outlook for the future. As the Wall Street Journal tells rvbusiness, its index of consumer confidence dropped to 95.2 in April, from 101.4 in March. Consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions dropped from 109.5 to 106.8. Consumer expectations for the next six months fell nearly nine percent, from 96.0 down to 87.5, MHProNews has learned.

Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the board, said, “Consumer confidence, which had rebounded in March, gave back all of the gain and more in April. Coupled with waning expectations, there is little to suggest that economic momentum will pick up in the months ahead.” ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Issues call for Class of 2016

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

RV MH hall of fame in elkhart indianaThe RV/MH Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the Class of 2016. The Selection Committee will receive nominations from all recreational vehicle (RV) and manufactured housing (MH) sectors, including dealers, campgrounds, manufacturers, retailers, trade media, associations, user groups.

As rvbusiness informs MHProNews, to be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, involved in any segment of the industry for at least 25 years. The nomination form must be completed entirely and include three supporting letters. Nominees will be judged based on their overall contributions to the advancement of the industry, with special emphasis on volunteer work with industry-related causes and organizations.

The nomination form must be received by Oct. 31. The Hall’s Selection Committee will announce its choices in January, and those selected will be inducted at the Hall’s annual induction dinner in August. If not selected, the nominee will remain in the pool for three years, after which time new information and a new nomination form will be required.

The nominating committee is formed of equal members from the the RV and MH industries. ##

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Cavco Industries Acquires RV and Manufactured Home Producer Chariot Eagle

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

chariot_eagle_manufactured_homeAccording to rvbusiness, Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, Inc. has acquired Chariot Eagle, Inc. of Ocala, Florida, a manufacturer of Park Model recreational vehicles (RVs) and manufactured homes. This will add to Cavco’s current line of park model RVs, and extend the company’s each into the southeastern U. S.

Cavco’s CEO and President, Joseph Stegmayer, says, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring aboard entrepreneur Bob Holliday and his team of highly experienced people and to integrate the strong Chariot Eagle brand and family of product offerings with our own growing business. We have been patient in seeking additional growth opportunities for our park model RV and cabin businesses and believe that this acquisition will be a positive long-term strategic move for Cavco and our customers.

Holliday, who has developed a following for 30 years, will continue to serve as president, and the Chariot Eagle brand name will also continue. MHProNews was not immediately able to determine the purchase price. Cavco is one of the largest producers of off-site homes and buildings in the U. S. Forbes Magazine named it to the list of “America’s Best Small Companies 2014.” ##

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Skyline Hires Advisors for Financial and Legal Guidance

October 29th, 2014 Comments off

skyline logo  credit skyline corpFollowing up on a story MHProNews last posted Sept. 26, 2014 regarding the acquisition of Skyline Corporation’s RV sector by EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, Skyline’s board of directors’ Special Committee has retained Western Reserve Partners LLC for financial advice and Ice Miller LLP of Indianapolis for legal advice to evaluate strategic initiatives. The Special Committee is comprised of three directors of Skyline Corporation— John C. Firth (Chairman), Jerry Hammes and Samuel S. Thompson. According to, no timeline has been set for the strategic review, nor has there been any sign that any further transaction is in the offing. From its headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline produces manufactured and modular homes. ##

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Patrick Industries to Disclose Q3 Financial Report

October 21st, 2014 Comments off

patrick_ind_logoElkhart, Indiana-based Patrick Industries, Inc. will release its third quarter 2014 financials prior to the opening of the market on Thurs., Oct. 30, followed by a conference call at 10 AM eastern time that same morning.

The call will be hosted by president and CEO Todd Cleveland and CFO Andy Nemeth, and the Q & A session will be limited to institutional investors and analysts, according to rvbusiness. The company is a producer and distributor of component parts for the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle markets. As MHProNews  reported Thurs., Oct. 20, Patrick’s stock gained 2.30 percent to close at 39.83. ##

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Skyline Founder Art Decio Donates Movie Equipment to Boyhood Gym

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

skyline_corporation_homeWhile Skyline Corp. of Elkhart, Indiana is determining what suitor, if any, will acquire all or part of the company, founder Art Decio has agreed to donate $20,000 for high definition movie equipment for the Roosevelt Center gymnasium in Elkhart, where he and Mayor Dick Moore played basketball some 60 years ago. The nonprofit group “My Hood Needz Me” fell short in a fundraising effort, as reports. With Decio’s donation, Friday nights will become free movie nights at the gym where a screen will stretch 16 feet across the stage. As MHProNews reported Sept. 29, Skyline is entertaining an offer from Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC to acquire its rv division, while fending off attempts by Cavco Industries, Inc. to purchase the entire company. Skyline produces manufactured and modular homes a well as recreational vehicles. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Nominations due this Month

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

RV MH hall of fame in elkhart indianaThe RV/MH Hall of Fame has issued a reminder that the deadline for nominations for inductees into the Class of 2015 will end Oct. 31, with selections made in Jan. 2015. Nominees must have 25 years experience in any segment of the manufactured housing or recreational vehicle industry in order to be considered for inclusion, with emphasis given to those who do volunteer work within the industry, and have accomplishments and innovations to their credit. The only people who cannot be considered are those on the selection committee, according to Nominees not selected may be considered for the successive two years, as MHProNews understands. Those selected will be inducted at the annual dinner in August. Searer said, “The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.” ##

RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDuring the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 78th annual meeting, Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, urged assistance from the attendees to help retire the Hall’s debt, which has resulted from prior unfulfilled pledges. To that end, Searer unveiled a five year fundraiser to take on the debt, which is less than $2.45 million, having been reduced by $3 million over the last 30 months, as informs MHProNews. Cole, noting that Searer has been a volunteer president for the past two-and-one-half years, said the idea resulted from his conversation with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, who pledged $40,000 a year for the next five years after learning of the Hall’s improved financial position. The fundraiser will be called the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” in honor of his generosity. Cavco Industries, Inc. President Joe Stegmayer said, “We are presently reviewing the amount Cavco will be contributing to this worthwhile cause and will announce our pledge in October.” ##

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Latest Survey Indicates Consumer Sentiment is Rising

September 26th, 2014 Comments off

photobucket_creditConsumer confidence moved to a 14-month high, according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index. While economists in a Bloomberg survey projected 84.8 for Sept., the actual number came in at 84.6, a jump from 82.5 in August. According to, employment is growing at the strongest pace in 15 years, and lower gasoline prices help sweeten the economy for consumers. “The consumer has hardly looked better this cycle,” said Jacob Oubina, senior U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC in New York. “Job growth, income growth and a sharp decline in gasoline prices over the last few months will conspire to keep a pretty decent underpinning on consumer confidence.” As MHProNews understands, consumer purchases comprise 70 percent of the economy. ##

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Lippert Contributes to RVs, MHs and Community Charities

September 19th, 2014 Comments off

lippert components inc  rvbusiness  creditEmployees of manufactured housing component supplier Lippert Components, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana participated in the annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising over $15,000 for research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes. According to, around 200 employees and their families took part in the walk at Beutter Park in Mishawaka Sept. 14. Management from two Lippert plants helped raise $3,000 by allowing employees to dunk them in a tank Aug. 23; and the proceeds from a raffle for a 20-foot utility trailer to be held Oct 17 will also go to JDRF. As MHProNews reported Aug 15, 2014, Lippert is also sponsoring an Out of Darkness walk Oct 4 to raise money for suicide prevention. ##

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