The Rocky Mount plant, acquired through Cavco’s recent purchase of Fleetwood Homes, reduces shipping costs for East Coast KOA franchisees  

      PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2009 – For the past nine years, Cavco has been supplying Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees with park model “Kamping Lodges” manufactured at its factories in Arizona and Texas.

      But as a result of Cavco’s recent acquisition of Fleetwood Homes, the company now has the ability to efficiently service hundreds of KOA franchisees in the eastern part of the country through an 80,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Rocky Mount, Va.

      “By February 1st, we will have the first Kamping Lodges available at our Virginia facility,” said Tim Gage, vice president of Cavco’s specialty division, adding that the Rocky Mount facility will save East Coast KOA franchisees significant sums of money on shipping costs.

      Mike Atkinson, KOA’s director of lodging, said Cavco’s Virginia plant will help KOA franchisees keep their costs down as they continue to move into the accommodations business. KOA franchisees purchased more than 200 Kamping Lodges from Cavco this year, and more purchases are expected next year.

      “Over 50 percent of our franchisees will have a lodge with a bathroom by the end of this year, and we expect to see continued purchases of these products,” Atkinson said.

      While the location of Cavco’s Rocky Mount facility helps KOA franchisees from a pricing standpoint, equally important is Cavco’s continuing ability to tailor products to KOA’s needs. “If we need to modify a spec or really do something outside the box, they are our ‘go to’ guys,” Atkinson said. “They understand us. They really understand our business.”

      Atkinson said that the key for KOA franchisees is to purchase only lodges of impeccable quality because lesser quality lodges don’t have the durability for rental use. “That’s the key,” Atkinson said. “To put high-quality, long-lasting Kamping Lodges in your campground.”

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