One of Canada’s largest recreational vehicle manufacturers has closed its doors after 31 years, with sources citing the “unprecedented stress” of economic conditions in the United States.
The Victoria Times Colonist reported that Bigfoot Industries, based in Armstrong, British Columbia, closed down Friday (Nov. 21) with a spokesman for the company saying only the company had “officially closed.”
The plant in the Okanagan made Class C motorhomes, travel trailers and truck campers and had about 200 employees – with about one-third of those already laid off in June.
Arbutus RV and Marine Sales Ltd., which sells Bigfoot lines at five Island locations and is the largest seller of Bigfoot products in Canada, said it would be working closely with an appointed receiver “in liquidating this unique and quality-built Canadian product.”
Arbutus owner Craig Little said Bigfoot sold about 70% of its product in the United States, but the closure of several dealerships because of softening demand amid the economic meltdown forced the Armstrong company to buy back all unsold inventory. With the Canadian dollar slipping far from par with the U.S. greenback, the difference essentially forced the company to close.
Little said Arbutus RV will add several Bigfoot units to its inventory and offer three-year extended warranties on the product.