When Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp. displays its 2015 models at this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House, it will have more at stake than other local recreational vehicle manufacturers out to entertain RV dealers and get a jump on next year’s production orders.
As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the longtime Elkhart RV and manufactured housing maker, having just posted its eighth consecutive annual statement showing multi-million dollar losses, is revamping its RV offerings in an attempt to turn things around.
Skyline has focused more heavily on manufactured housing than RVs in recent years. The company’s RV sales have declined for the past two consecutive years, falling 9.8% in 2013 and 31% this fiscal year. Still, Skyline says it isn’t ready to give up on that industry. It has revamped its RV offerings and is confident it can regain its former glory on that side of the corporation, said Don Emahiser, president of its RV group.
Skyline hired Emahiser in January to lead the turnaround after his roles at Carriage RV, which folded in the recession, and Thor Industries Inc.’s Redwood RV and Crossroads divisions.
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