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Vendor Spotlight: Cavco Industries Inc.

July 20, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Read this and other stories in the July issue of Woodall’s Campground Management going out this week to more than 13,000 campgrounds in North America.

Cavco Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., is a leading U.S. builder of manufactured and modular homes, park model homes and vacation cabins.

The publicly held company reported for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, net sales increased 49% to $171.8 million, up from $115.6 million for fiscal 2010. Both years reflect sales from Fleetwood Homes, acquired by Cavco on Aug. 17, 2009.

Net income attributable to Cavco stockholders for fiscal year 2011 was $2.83 million vs. a net loss of $3.37 million the previous year.

On April 23, Fleetwood Homes Inc., a subsidiary owned 50% by Cavco and 50% by Third Avenue Value Fund, purchased substantially all of Palm Harbor Homes Inc.’s assets and certain liabilities. Palm Harbor is a manufacturer and marketer of factory-built housing and a provider of related consumer financing and insurance products.

Cavco continues its “green” manufacturing practices, teaming up with NTA Inc., and their approved green manufacturing materials and processes.

While the company’s management will quickly tell you that Cavco has built its reputation on quality, value and service since 1965, Cavco’s “systems-built” homes are produced under various trade names and in a variety of styles, floorplans and price ranges.

“We build our homes to meet the appropriate building standards such as those of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Building Code (UBC) and the ANSI 119.5 Building Code,” explained Tim Gage, vice president of park models, cabins and specialty buildings.

Cavco factory map showing where park models are built

Cavco Industries operates 10 factories nationwide ranging in size from 79,000 to 203,000 square feet, each building under various brand names and product types, including Sunburst, Catalina, Desert Rose, Elite, Cavco Creekside Cabins, Cavco Creekside Lofts, Cavco Lofts, KOA Lodges and Solar Lodges.

“We offer park model homes and cabins in most regions of the United States,” Gage said. “Cavco supplies multiple brands from its manufacturing facilities to independent retailers and company-owned retail centers located in the southern and western U.S., Canada and Japan. We also customize styles and specifications to the exclusive brand names of land/lease communities, subdivision developers and large multi-location distributors.”

Cavco's Side Porch Series park model for 2012.

“We recently developed a complete line of wheelchair-friendly floorplans,” Gage added. Also new for 2012 from Cavco Park Models and Cabins is the “Cottage Side Porch Series.”

While Cavco Park Homes and Cabins offer a broad selection in price, style and function, custom-built cabins are available to accommodate the individual needs of the customer. Cavco’s cabins offer a variety of exterior features including wraparound porches, Tahoe dormers and a metal roof coupled with genuine western red cedar siding. Interior items like oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and cedar interior walls give each cabin a rich, rustic feel.

Cavco’s “Creekside Cabin” series, on the other hand, sports bare bones style, wheelchair-friendly plans and multiple sleeping area models.

The “Cabin” or “Cedar Loft” style is popular in a rural mountain, lake or ocean side setting, with rugged cedar and other wood materials inside and out.

For 10 years, Cavco has been building lodges for Montana-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) park operators. Working hand in hand with KOA, Cavco has developed a line of KOA exclusive lodges that fit any need, including front porches, side entrances and handicap-accessible designs.

Cavco Industries, 1366 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85009, (800) 422-8264, timg@cavco.com, www.cavco.com.

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