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Current Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 7, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Aerial view of Forest River Inc. dealer meeting in Elkhart, Ind., in 2009.

INDIANA

From The Elkhart Truth:

The first half of 2013 was a very good period for the recreational vehicle industry as a whole, but it was even better for Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc., as the company reported that sales were up 22% in the first half of the year.

That’s one of the scant details made public about its operations when parent company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed its quarterly financial report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“Over the first six months of 2013, Forest River generated a 22% increase in revenues due to increased volume and average sales prices,” the company reported in the filing.

Forest River and Berkshire Hathaway’s building products businesses generated higher earnings in the first half of this year than last year.

To read the entire report click here.

CALIFORNIA

From The Sacramento Bee:

California State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, hopes Senate Bill 256 will make trampoline parks safer. If passed, his bill would regulate the construction, maintenance and operation of trampoline parks with the goal of increasing safety.

Click here to read the entire story.

ILLINOIS

From a news release:

The board of directors of Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. declared a dividend of $0.25 per common share, representing, on an annualized basis, a dividend of $1.00 per common share (adjusted for stock split). The dividend will be paid on Oct. 11 to stockholders of record on Sept. 27.

The board also declared a dividend of $0.421875 per depositary share (each representing 1/100 of a share of our 6.75% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock), which represents, on an annualized basis, a dividend of $1.6875 per depositary share. The dividend will be paid on Sept. 30 to stockholders of record on Sept. 20.

NEW YORK

From the Leader-Herald, Gloversville:

A Broadalbin marina owner and member of the town planning board was killed Monday (Aug. 5) in what Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey described as a “freak” lawnmower accident at the man’s business.

Lorey said Lauren R. McMurray, 65, died from a neck injury in the accident about 4:15 p.m. at his marina and campground off Lakeview Road. A neighbor called 911 to report the accident.

“He was mowing the grass with a garden tractor and was pinned between a camper and a protective bar on the tractor,” Lorey said.

Lorey said McMurray was operating a zero-turn lawn mower near a large camper.

“He made an attempt to mow under the camper and the safety roll bar got stuck on the camper, causing the wheels of the lawn mower to raise into the air,” the sheriff said.

He said the mower’s engine speed increased and McMurray became “wedged” between the mower and the camper. Lorey said the victim was found pinned between the mower – with its engine still on and tipped downward – and the camper. Lorey said the “safety” roll bar was a contributing factor in the incident.

Click here to read the entire story.

IOWA

From the Sioux City Journal:

Preliminary work on a $1 million campground at Bacon Creek Park has started. Construction was delayed earlier this year over budget issues.

The campground is planned on 84 acres of city-owned land east and north of the 239-acre park, at 5015 Correctionville Road.

Plans call for spaces for tent camping and places to park recreational vehicles.

It would be the first of its kind operated in Sioux City. The park already has two shelters, a dog park, playgrounds and other amenities

Click here to read the entire story.

From the Forest City Summit:

There has always been a relationship between the Puckerbrush festival in Forest City, Iowa, and members of the Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) club who come to the city each summer for the WIT Grand National Rally.

That relationship will be much more formal next year as WIT will start earlier in July than it has in prior years.

Winnebago Industries Inc. has scheduled the event for July 16-20, the same days as the annual Puckerbrush Festival in Forest City. For many years, the WIT GNR started on a Sunday and ran through the week to a Friday conclusion. Puckerbrush has traditionally started the Thursday before WIT’s opening ceremony on a Sunday.

“It’s positive for the members of our WIT Club, it’s positive for the company and it’s positive for the community,” said Chad Reece, director of marketing for Winnebago. “We believe it will bring more people in.”

The 2014 edition, marking Winnebago’s 45th year of operation, will feature an “Out of This World” theme as the rally coincides with NASA’s historic Apollo lunar landing mission and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

 

 

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