TACO Honoring Champion/Athens Park Homes

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May 6, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Champion/Athens Park Homes was named Supplier of the Year by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

“Champion / Athens Park Homes is a preferred provider of TACO because they provide a quality product and they do what they say they're going to do,” Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO stated in a news release. “Several members nominated them for this prestigious award, which is to their credit.”

Champion/Athens, for its part, has seen its business continue to grow in recent years. “We have sold to 49 different campgrounds and resorts here in Texas,” said Dick Grymonprez, director of national park model sales for Champion/Athens. “We do a lot of business with TACO members and a lot of them continue to buy from us each year.”

Grymonprez added that the majority of the park models produced by Champion/Athens Park Homes are being used by campgrounds, RV parks and resorts as rental accommodations.

Champion Home Builders Inc. acquired Athens Park Homes of Athens, Texas last August in a move that significantly expanded the company’s ability to produce and deliver park models at competitive prices. Troy, Mich.-based Champion is a leader in factory-built housing, which it manufactures in 29 facilities across North America and United Kingdom.

Eight of Champion’s park model manufacturing facilities are located at strategic locations across the United States: Texas; Chandler, Ariz.; Lake City, Fla.; Lillington, N.C.; Sangerfield, N.Y.; Weiser, Idaho; and York, Neb.

Athens Park Homes was founded in late 2004 by a group of investors led by Phil Surles, the former COO of Champion Homes. For more information on Champion/Athens, visit the company’s park model website at

Based in Crowley, TACO represents nearly 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas. The association was established in 1972 by a group of five campground owners who felt there should be independent marketing and advocacy for the private park industry in Texas. In addition to its legislative advocacy and annual park awards program, TACO publishes the RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, a significant consumer magazine with a distribution of 250,000, and it hosts, the most widely used website for RV parks and campgrounds in Texas. The association also promotes Texas campgrounds in over 25 RV shows in the US and Canada.



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