Coachmen Industries Inc. will be transferring operations for motorhome builder Georgie Boy Manufacturing LLC, a company within their RV Group, from its base in Edwardsburg, Mich., to Coachmen’s campus in Middlebury, Ind.
According to a press release, Georgie Boy will be moving into a larger, more modernized facility to improve efficiencies and support the company’s growth.
“Over the last three years Georgie Boy has continued to gain market share growth in the Class A motorhome sector,” said Jeff Tryka, director of investor relations for Coachmen.
The new plant, built in 2003, has 127,000 square feet of production capacity under one roof on the main floor, with an additional 24,000 square feet of mezzanines for offline manufacturing. Currently, Georgie Boy operations include 98,720 square feet of manufacturing space housed in several buildings.
“The new facility was being used to produce motorhomes,” Tryka said. “That work will be shifted to other plants in the complex.”
Tryka said Coachmen was unsure what the company will do with the Edwardsburg complex.
Coachmen said the transition will start immediately and be completed by the end of November and the approximately 240 Georgie Boy hourly employees will be offered a transfer to the new facility. All pending Georgie Boy orders will be completed and shipped to dealers from the Edwardsburg location.
“This is an exciting move for Georgie Boy, as it provides us a marvelous opportunity to take our products to the next level, as we continue to grow our company,” said Pat Terveer, Georgie Boy president.
Georgie Boy will continue as a stand-alone company within the RV Group of Coachmen, with full ownership of engineering, product development, sales and marketing efforts.
“This is simply a facility upgrade for our manufacturing activities,” added Terveer. “There are tremendous benefits and synergies that we will recognize through this strategic move.”
“The leveraging of our assets and resources will have a favorable impact on Georgie Boy and the RV Group as a whole, enabling us to grow our business profitably,” stated Michael R. Terlep, president of the Coachmen RV Group. “This move will not displace any of our Middlebury-based hourly employees, as we are simply leveraging our assets, our resources and our capacity utilization.”