Campground Business Boosts Athens in 2011
The second half of 2011 has been solid for Athens Park Homes, Athens, Texas, which continues to expand its reach throughout the country.
“We are excited about the second half of 2011 because many people are using our cottages for rental purposes,” said Dick Grymonprez, vice president of sales and marketing. “There has been a lot of interest lately from oil companies looking for housing for their employees. We also continue to work with campground owners all over the United States to give them the best quality in rental housing in the industry.”
Athens Park Homes park model business is up 11% to date from 2010.
“I believe that the economy will have to improve in order for all of us to see additional growth in 2012. I believe parks purchasing rental units will be strong, but I don’t see individuals buying weekend homes or get-a-ways until everything starts picking up. Not many people are generating enough cash to purchase a second home right now.”
Athens Park Homes was started in 2004 by a group of investors led by Phil Surles, former COO of Champion Enterprises Inc.
The company manufactures luxury park model cottages, sportsman’s lodges, rental cabins and suites, specialty buildings, HUD and modular housing to meet any codes. Their products are built in an environmentally controlled 140,000-square-foot building center, which is one of the largest in the country, according to Grymonprez.
The company’s standard park model lineup features the look of high-end residential homes. Grymonprez said Athens Park Homes is one of the few manufacturers that build with ½-inch sheetrock walls that are fully taped, textured and painted in many popular colors.
“We also offer pine and cedar walls and ceilings for a more rustic look,” he said. “Our exteriors are 100% fiber-cement siding by James Hardie. We offer vertical or lap style, which can be stained cedar to give you the cabin look with a lot less maintenance.”
Interiors feature soffits over the cabinets, recessed lighting and 10-foot ceilings.
Park model cabins come with log, cedar or fiber-cement exterior siding. Rustic interiors have cedar walls and ceilings with purchased cabinet doors or the company’s own cedar cabinets and cabinet doors. Athens Park Homes will tape and texture the walls and add a cedar wainscot and trim. There are a variety of floorplans to choose from with new ones designed daily.
Athens Park Homes continues to offer luxury and customized options like built-in microwaves, dishwashers, granite counter tops, counter top ranges and convection ovens, fireplaces, marble window sills, French doors, laminate flooring, stereos, higher pitched roofs and more. Most appliances are available in white, black or stainless steel.
The company’s RV park models and cabins share the same construction features like 90-inch sidewalls and 16-inch on center exterior walls and floors.
Athens Park Homes, PO Box 1270, Athens, TX 75751, (800) 738-0392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.athensparkhomes.com