Gulf Stream Coach Corp. and its sister company, Fairmont Homes Inc., recently received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Recycling from the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM).

Gulf Stream and Fairmont, both located in Nappanee, Ind., combined, occupy more than 600 acres and almost 2 million square feet of factory space. Consequently, the two companies, managed on a day-to-day basis by the sons of James F. Shea Sr., have “unique opportunities and challenges in developing an organized recycling program,” according to the IDEM.

Gulf Stream, a builder of motorhomes and towable RVs, and Fairmont, a builder of manufactured homes, recycled more than 8,000 tons of material in 2000, an activity that also “yielded substantial cost savings,” according to the two companies.

The recycling-related investments by Gulf Stream/Fairmont included buying a vinyl grinder, lacquer thinner declaimer, a Clean Burn waste oil burner and three bailers.

Gulf Stream was the only RV manufacturer in Indiana, the largest RV-producing state, to get the award.