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Park model manufacturer Casa Villa Inc., Wakarusa, Ind., auctioned off its factory equipment Oct. 4 after shutting down in early July, due health problems experienced by its president, Robert Bozzo.

“I’ve been diabetic for five years,” said Bozzo, 58, who founded the company in 1983. “I decided that I needed to take care of myself. I’m going to give myself six months or a year and see if I can get my diabetes under control without all the pressure and then decide what I’m going to do.”

Casa Villa had sales revenue during 1999 of around $6 million. In June, it built five to six park-model units a week in a leased 45,000-square foot plant.

Efforts to sell the company were unsuccessful, Bozzo said.

Most of the company’s 35 employees have already found new jobs, he added.

Bozzo said he was disappointed that all of the company’s suppliers most likely will not be paid in full. “That was one of the reasons I closed it when I did,” Bozzo said. “I thought we were in position for everybody to be paid,
but that was not the case.”