On Tuesday (Dec. 15) Beaudry RV announced a reduction in force for both of their Arizona locations. Between the two dealerships, Beaudry RV released a total of 51 employees. However, with over 100 current employees, Beaudry is still the No. 1 employer of RV retail and service personnel in the state of Arizona, according to a news release.
“Our decision was a long thought-out one, and after exhausting all other efforts, it was decided that the reduction could not be put off any longer and that it is an important part of the restructuring that prepares the company for the anticipated industry growth in 2010. It is regrettable, these decisions had to be made so close to the holiday season.” said Beaudry Motor Co. CEO Thomas Sylvester.
Earlier this month, University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin forecasted a 27% year-over-year increase in RV shipments for 2010. In preparation for the anticipated growth, Beaudry RV has had a $7 million increase in new inventory in the last 30 days, one of the largest purchases of wholesale inventory made by a dealer in the U.S. Beaudry RV has also been selected by a prominent industry lender to liquidate their repossessed and repurchased inventory.
Currently Beaudry is preparing for their 2nd Annual Western RV Show & Sale, Jan. 29-31. This three-day event is expected to draw over 5,000 RV enthusiasts to stay at the Beaudry RV Resort and to visit the Tucson dealership for RV seminars, vendors and to see the latest RV floorplans and models. Beaudry RV has a 25-year history of these annual “feature” events.
“For all of us at Beaudry, 2009 has been a year for overcoming financial and operational hurdles,” said Dundee Kelbel, vice president of operations. “We are all disappointed that so many of our people will be unable to move forward with us as we proceed into a very exciting 2010. The employees who remain are hard working individuals that will ensure the success of Beaudry and the continued focus on customer satisfaction.”
Established in 1972, Beaudry RV has grown to become one of the largest RV dealers in the nation. Today, Beaudry RV operates sales and service in two locations in Arizona, Tucson and Chandler, as well as an RV resort and state-of-the-art RV Collision Center in Tucson.