The manufacturer of Scamp towables hopes to be back in production in June or July after a mid-January fire destroyed the company’s factory in Backus, Minn.
“They think it was an electrical fire, but that’s all we know at this point,” Kent Eveland, president of Eveland’s Inc., said Wednesday (Feb. 1). “We are waiting for the insurance company to release the building. They may do that this week, and I’ve found a couple of pretty aggressive contractors who think they can have the factory rebuilt in four months.”
Eveland said he was not yet able to put a monetary value on the damage caused by the Jan. 13 fire.
Molds to fashion the sidewalls for Scamp trailers also were destroyed, although Eveland said some molds already had been replaced and that the company may be able to start limited construction before the factory is completely finished.
Scamp, founded in 1971 in Backus about 130 miles west of Duluth, manufactures molded fiberglass travel trailers and fifth-wheels in lengths from 13 to 19 feet with retail prices ranging from $7,000 to $20,000
The fire started about 6 p.m. in Eveland’s 23,000-square-foot main building that housed the main assembly line and parts department along with fiberglass, sewing and wood shops.