Despite the fact its production facilities were destroyed by fire Friday (Jan. 3), Elkhart, Ind.-based van conversion firm Archer Coach Corp. might return to production in a borrowed facility as early as the middle of this week, according to the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth.
Archer, a 20-employee firm owned by Barney Simon, might be able to resume limited production in the next few days in a building owned by Dave Dygert, former owner of Dygert Seating, who sold his company to Flexsteel Industries Inc. in 1997.
Archer’s office workers returned to work today (Jan. 6) in Dygert’s building, according to the newspaper.
Simon, who founded Archer in 1985, was a long-time customer of Dygert’s, and Dygert said he will allow Archer to operate from his building until Archer’s new facility is completed.
Archer converts vans built by General Motors Corp.’s Chevrolet and GMC divisions. About 25 completed conversion units were parked inside Archer’s 17,500-square-foot production plant. The loss of the vans contributed to the estimated $1 million loss as a result of the fire, according to Simon and Elkhart Fire Department officials.
Simon said he parked completed conversions indoors prior to delivery because he had problems in the past with thieves who broke into completed units, that were parked outdoors, in order to steal electronic entertainment systems.