Carriage Inc. does not believe any of its dealer shipments will be delayed despite the fact a fire Friday (Feb. 28) destroyed the building in Millersburg, Ind., where the company painted its travel-trailer and fifth-wheel frames.
Two Northern Indiana towable RV manufacturers will paint frames for Carriage until the company builds a new frame-painting facility, said Dave Lawson, vice president of sales and marketing.
Carriage’s frame-painting owas done in a separate structure, so damage from the fire was confined to one building, Lawson said.
No employees were injured and the amount of equipment that was destroyed was negligible, he added.
The fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit in the ceiling, and the building was insured, Lawson said.
Carriage used water-based paints and cleaners, so there was no hazardous chemical discharge, he said.
Carriage is operating on a production scheduleof four days per week, although Lawson said the company had record shipments volume in February.
Carriage’s shipments are roughly equaling retail sales by its dealers, he said.
Traffic at consumer shows is strong but, because of the uncertainty regarding the possibility of war with Iraq, it is taking longer for retailers to close deals, Lawson added.