Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cavco Expands Its Empire in the Midwest and Canada

Cavco Industries Inc. has acquired the business and certain assets of Fairmont Homes, Inc. Fairmont, headquartered in Nappanee, Ind., is a premier builder of manufactured and modular homes and park model RVs. Fairmont has manufacturing plants in Indiana and Minnesota.

This acquisition brings a very experienced team of people and enables Cavco to more fully serve a number of our existing customers as well as add new geographic markets in which Fairmont is well established including the Midwest, the western Great Plains states, the Northeast and several provinces in Canada.

The purchase price, which was paid in cash at closing, was not disclosed. This acquisition was funded with Cavco's internal capital. Certain liabilities were also assumed including homeowner warranty programs. The Company remains well positioned to take advantage of other investment opportunities in the future.

Jim Shea, chief executive officer of Fairmont, commented, "The opportunity for Fairmont to join with Cavco is a truly exciting development for our dedicated associates and great customers. After an extended period of discussions, we recognized that Cavco shares a business philosophy similar to our own. It is an organization that will provide our customers and employees much opportunity for continued growth and success. I offer my full support to ensure a smooth transition and a great future for Fairmont."

Fairmont homes and park model RVs will continue to be marketed under the Fairmont, Friendship, Harmony and Century brand names. Brian Cira, president of Fairmont Homes and a 28 year veteran of the company, will remain in the same role with responsibility for all operations of the Fairmont business.

Founded in 1971 by James F. Shea, Sr. and headquartered in Nappanee, Ind., Fairmont builds manufactured and modular homes, park model RVs, and homes built to Canada's codes. In addition to its manufacturing facility in northern Indiana, the company operates two factories in Minnesota. Recognized for high quality construction and custom interior finishes, Fairmont and its Friendship, Harmony and Century brands offer an extensive line of beautiful and diverse value-packed housing. 

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