Recreational park trailer manufacturer Dutch Park Homes Inc., Goshen, Ind., has been personally acquired by Syracuse, Ind., businessman Omer Kropf, president of Supreme Corp., a publicly held commercial vehicle manufacturer also based in Goshen.
The sale, for an unreported sum, was finalized Oct. 1.
Dutch Park Homes, which employs about 45 people, manufactures mid- to high-end park trailers under the Classic and Signature brand names. Kropf purchased the company from an investor group, which had bought Dutch Park in January 1999.
“This was a necessary and positive change,” stated Stu Holaway, former Dutch Park president who now is vice president sales/marketing under the current management team. “The new ownership gives us the necessary infusion of capital, along with the manufacturing and management expertise, to take the company to the next level.”
A key move in realigning Dutch Park’s management was the insertion of Willie Miller as president and general manager to oversee operations, Kropf and Holaway reported. Miller has 36 years of experience in manufacturing, management and sales.
“The people I have involved are providing a very good fit for Dutch Park Homes by improving efficiencies and ensuring that product is delivered in a timely manner,” Kropf said, adding that the move also allows Holaway to concentrate on sales and “build relationships with our dealers.”
Kropf also owns RV transporter Quality Drive-Away, also based in Goshen, which has grown to include over 800 drivers in the company’s towable, motorized and tractor/trailer divisions and operates from sister terminals in Jonestown, Pa.; Perris, Calif.; Hancock, Md.; Charles City, Iowa; and Pendleton, Ore.