Athens Park Homes Buys Competitor
Athens Park Homes LLC, based in Athens, Texas, has purchased the assets and intellectual properties of Flat Creek Lodges Inc. of Haleyville, Ala.
Flat Creek Lodges is a park model manufacturer that specializes in the manufacturing and sale of floating cabins. Athens Park Homes is one of the fastest growing park model and specialty product manufacturers in the U.S. Retail sales of its products grew by 34% in 2007, putting it into the No. 5 spot nationally, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich. The company has more than 300,000 square feet of manufacturing area on 75 acres of land in Athens, 70 miles southeast of Dallas.
All manufacturing from the Flat Creek Lodges plant in Alabama will relocate to Athens, according to a news release. Mike Burleson, owner of Flat Creek Lodges, will become a full-time employee of Athens Park Homes as vice president of the Flo Lodge Division.
Phil Surles, president and managing partner of Athens Park Homes, stated, “We are pleased and excited to have Mike Burleson join our growing company with his knowledge of the market and potential of the ‘floating cabins.’ This acquisition further adds to our expanding product line in the recreation industry and truly exemplifies Athens Park Homes trademark ‘Innovations in Recreational Living.’”
Burleson added, “I am truly excited about joining the Athens Park Homes team with their tremendous manufacturing capabilities and facilities. I can now concentrate entirely on the vast potential of the floating cabin market knowing that we have the manufacturing capacity to produce the increasing demand for this product.”