President Eyes Commercial Market Expansion

January 15, 2013 by · Comments Off on President Eyes Commercial Market Expansion 

Phyllis Knight

Champion Home Builders Inc. announced the appointment of Phyllis Knight as president of Champion Commercial Structures. In this new position, Knight will lead the company’s efforts to expand its presence in the commercial construction market, according to a news release.

Currently serving as CFO, Knight will continue in that position until her replacement is named. Knight will also assume executive responsibility for the company’s Star Fleet Trucking operations based in Goshen, Ind.

“The creation of this position is further demonstration of Champion’s commitment to the commercial segment of our business,” said Jack Lawless, president and CEO of Champion Home Builders. “Phyllis is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts to broaden our geographic reach and technical capability for our expanding base of commercial customers, which today represent a variety of segments including hotels, apartments and other multi-family structures, student dwellings, retail, urban development and temporary housing in the energy, mining and military markets.”

“I am excited to be joining our commercial team,” Knight said. “Our commercial organization under the leadership of Dan McMurtrie has validated the value proposition which our nationwide construction footprint brings to commercial developers and owners. I am committed to working with Dan and the rest of the commercial team to build on this strong base and continue to drive rapid growth in this segment of our business.”

The Troy, Mich.-based firm is parent company of Athens Park Homes.

Champion to Expand Athens Park Homes Brand

August 8, 2012 by · Comments Off on Champion to Expand Athens Park Homes Brand 

Dick Gyrmonprez

Champion Home Builders Inc. announced today (Aug. 8) that as part of its recent acquisition of Athens Park Homes of Athens, Texas, it will be expanding the popular Athens Park Homes brand of park models to a broader program and will be building them at strategically placed plants throughout the U.S.

The targeted locations include Champion facilities in Chandler, Ariz., Weiser, Idaho, York, Neb., Athens, Texas, Sangerfield, N.Y., Lillington, N.C., and Lake City, Fla., according to a news release

Dick Grymonprez, currently vice president of sales and marketing for Athens Park Homes, has been named Champion’s director of national park model sales. Grymonprez has many years of experience in park model sales and is currently president of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) and serves on the board of the directors of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), as well as the park trailer and destination camping committee.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to combine the strengths of our two companies,” said Grymonprez. “Athens Park Homes is recongnized as a national brand. However, with rising freight prices the logistical challenge of shipping from only one location in Texas has impacted our ability to compete nationwide. Our expanded footprint gives us the opportunity to provide the very best in park model homes and cabins to more of our customers at a lower price.”

Athens Park Homes are currently sold through retailers, developers and campground owners in 37 states as well as Finland and Japan.

About Champion

Troy, Michigan-based Champion Home Builders Inc. is a leader in factory-built construction which, through its operations and those of its affiliates, manufactures products at 29 facilities in North America and the United Kingdom and distributes its products through independent retailers, builders and developers. The Champion family of builders produces manufactured, modular and park model homes, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications. For more information, please visit


Champion Home Builders Buys Athens Park

July 26, 2012 by · Comments Off on Champion Home Builders Buys Athens Park 

Champion Home Builders Inc., a North American leader in manufactured and modular homes, announced the purchase of Athens Park Homes, a manufacturer of U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) code and park model homes, located in Athens, Texas.

This acquisition adds capacity for Champion in the Texas HUD market, as well as a highly regarded brand in park model homes, according to a news release. Athens Park model homes are structures less than 400 square feet built to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. They are considered recreational vehicles, although they are primarily designed for permanent placement at a destination.

“I am delighted with the purchase of Athens Park Homes,” said Champion Homes CEO Jack Lawless. “The acquisition of this respected company provides us with much needed additional capacity in Texas, where we are experiencing some of our fastest growth. The addition of Athens Park Homes will allow us to continue to grow our market share in Texas and will give Champion a considerable presence in the park model sector. ”

“This is a tremendous fit. Champion’s financial strength will provide Athens Park Homes with resources for growth, and provide stability and opportunity to our employees, the community, and our trade customers,” said Athens Park Homes President Phil Surles. “Champion is an aggressive and growing company with great plans for future growth. I am excited that Athens Park Homes is now part of those plans. From my past association with Champion, I know they share our commitment to our customers to provide affordable, high quality homes.

With the addition of Athens Park Homes, Champion will own and operate 29 factories in the U.S., Western Canada and United Kingdom