Stewart Lodges plans to quadruple its manufacturing capacity by the summer of 2001 in order to accommodate the rising demand for its park model cabins and a newly introduced line of portable bathhouses.

Stewart Lodges currently operates a 13,000-square-foot factory in Ochlocknee, Ga., about 35 miles north of Tallahassee, Fla. A new 50,000-square foot factory will be built on another site, also in Ochlocknee, said Chip Eddy, salesman for the firm.

The company needs additional manufacturing capacity to keep up with growing demand for its park model trailers, which it sells to campgrounds and RV parks across the country, Eddy said.

Stewart Lodges also sees significant growth potential from its new line of portable bathhouses, which it introduced earlier this year in response to customer requests, he said.

“People started asking us if we made them and where they could get them,” Eddy recalled. Stewart Lodges responded by developing a prototype model, and after ensuring its compliance with campground and RV park specifications, started selling the bathhouses in March of this year.

Stewart Lodges manufactures four different models of portable bathhouses. Each is 12 feet wide, but they range in length from 25 1/2 to 34 feet. Each model comes with private bathrooms, which include a stall shower, sink, toilet, bench and vinyl floors. Each bathroom also has a separate window and exhaust fan. The exterior is western red cedar.

The smallest model has five private bathrooms while the largest has seven. Other configurations include five bathrooms and a laundry room or six bathrooms, one of which is accessible for people with disabilities.

Prices range from $18,000 to $22,000, not including shipping. Leasing programs are also available, Eddy said, adding that delivery takes about four weeks after an order is placed.