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Chuck Wilkinson, the executive credited with returning Fleetwood’s manufactured housing group to profitability, has had the scope of his responsibility expanded to include Fleetwood’s RV Group.

Wilkinson replaces Carl Betcher, who was offered another position within Fleetwood. However, as of this afternoon (Sept. 10), it was not known whether Betcher would accept the offer, said Kathy Snyder, director of investor relations.

Wilkinson’s title now is executive vice president-operations, covering both Fleetwood’s RV and manufactured home businesses, Snyder said.

Previously, Wilkinson was executive vice president of the Housing Group.

Wilkinson has 30 years experience managing manufacturing operations, including 16 years at Fleetwood, although his 16 years at Fleetwood were not consecutive, Snyder said.

During the first quarter of Fleetwood’s fiscal year 2002, which ended July 29, the company’s manufactured home building business reported a $21 million operating profit, compared with a $2 million operating loss a year earlier.

During Fleetwood’s fiscal year 2001, which ended last April 29, the manufactured home building business had an operating profit of $30.9 million.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood’s RV Group had an operating loss of $17.8 million during the quarter ended July 29 and it had an operating loss of $73.1 million during the year ended April 29.

Fleetwood’s manufactured home retail business also lost $12 million from operations during the three months ended July 29 and it lost $77.1 million during the year ended April 29.

Betcher, the former head of Fleetwood’s towable RV business, was the head of the RV Group for less than a year.

Betcher was officially promoted to the then-vacant position of senior vice president of the RV Group last November. He replaced Dick Parks, who was fired during July 2000.