Monday, January 19, 2009

New RV company buys former Coachmen facility
MIDDLEBURY, IN –– Doug Lantz, Kenny Mahaffa, Kevin Slater, and Steve Crawford believed in the product they were developing at Pilgrim International far too much to just give up when the company closed down in August.

So they got together, and with the aid of Kelly L. Rose and Mike Schoeffler, former executives at Starcraft Automotive Group, formed their own company in December –– EverGreen Recreational Vehicles.

The company will make fifth wheels and primarily travel trailers under the name of Ever-Lite.

The towables are in the 4,000- to 5,000-pound range retailing under $20,000.

“We had been working on them for the last three years a new type of construction product called, ComposiTek,” Lantz said of the trademarked construction material he described as consisting of various types of composite materials that are green, formaldehyde free and water and mildew resistant. “It’s replacing wood in the construction process to give us lighter weight, stronger more durable and thus a higher quality product.”

And now they are going to get a chance to implement that dream, especially after this week’s announcement that the new company had purchased the former Coachmen Complex at 10758 County Road 2, near the Middlebury Toll Road interchange.
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