Coachmen Industries Inc. reports its RV Group sold a record 3,200 units valued at over $100 million during last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville.
The Elkhart, Ind.-based company’s volume during the show last Tuesday through Thursday (Dec. 2-4) represented a 75% increase over its sales during the 2002 Louisville gathering.
Coachmen’s RV Group includes Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Co., Georgie Boy Manufacturing and Viking Recreational Vehicles.
All three Coachmen RV Group divisions “experienced record-setting sales” in Louisville last week, said Mike Terlep, president of the RV Group.
“Our company and our dealers are very optimistic about the coming year,” Terlep said. “We’re really hitting our stride right now with innovations in every product category and, as a result, in early 2004, we will again be increasing production rates in most facilities.”
Claire Skinner, chairman and CEO of Coachmen, a New York Stock Exchange-listed firm, added, “While we are still concerned about prospects for the fourth quarter due to RV supplier shortages and the effect weather conditions may have on our housing operations, the dealers’ overwhelmingly positive response last week to Coachmen RV Group’s wide product offering was consistent with their reaction during our summer product shows and reinforces our confidence in a robust year ahead in 2004 for Coachmen Industries.”