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EUGENE, OR — Airstream has released its list of “Top Ten” RV dealerships for 2010-2011 and has named George M. Sutton RV “Number Two” behind an East Coast outlet. Located in Eugene, Oregon, Sutton RV has sold nearly 100 new and used Airstream products this past year. Coupled with its sales excellence, George M. Sutton RV is Airstream’s West Coast leader in service, parts, and both warranty and body repairs.

Founded in 1996, Sutton RV is a family-owned business, a tradition in the Sutton family since 1921. Both George’s father and grandfather owned and operated George M. Sutton Ford, Inglewood, California, for 37 years. The Sutton family was featured in Life Magazine as an example of American Life in December 1956.

Airstream Classic Travel Trailer

In addition to Airstream’s tribute, George M. Sutton was elected President of the Oregon RV Dealers Association (ORVDA) at their Spring Meeting last week in Salem, OR. An association of dealers, suppliers, lenders and associates who are dedicated to promoting the welfare of the RVing public, ORVDA is also focused on legislative issues that affect their ability to do business.

“For example,” explains Sutton, “the laws that define an RV versus a manufactured home are convoluted. Currently, when an RV is larger than 400 square feet, the law says it’s a manufactured home and can’t be sold as an RV in Oregon. That means toy haulers or large 5th wheels with multiple slide-outs have to be purchased out of state. ORVDA is working to clear up that boondoggle as well as other issues that infringe on our ability to do business.”

While Sutton RV is located in a relatively rural area of the country, their customers are far-flung. “We routinely sell RV products coast to coast,” Sutton says, “and we’ve shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii and Alaska, among other places. We have even been contacted to ship RVs to Japan, following the earthquake and the shortage of housing.” Sutton’s daughter, Marcy Sutton, designed their highly successful website,, which serves as the gateway for consumers to contact Sutton RV from all corners of the globe.

Airstream, the iconic aerodynamic travel trailer that was first manufactured more than 80 years ago, is headquartered in Jackson Center, OH. George M. Sutton and wife Martha have been invited to participate in the company’s upcoming May Dealer Council meetings. The Suttons have been instrumental in suggesting product improvements, floor plans and continual consumer feedback, which is vital to Airstream’s success.

For more information, contact George M. Sutton RV at 800-256-9832.

In a move brought on by improved economic conditions, Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco, has resumed production in its Topeka, Ind., plant. The Starcraft facility had previously been closed and production of Starcraft products had been consolidated into Jayco’s Middlebury, Ind., complex as part of Jayco’s efforts to trim costs and reduce production capacity.

“When we consolidated the Starcraft operations into Jayco’s Middlebury campus, we indicated that our goal would be to reinstate the operations in Topeka as soon as market conditions would allow,” said Jim Jacobs, Starcraft RV general manager. “We believe that time is now. The year has started off on a pace well ahead of last year both in shipping and in retail sales activity. We continue to be optimistic that 2010 will be a much improved year for our industry.”

Starcraft RV makes folding campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers under several brand names.
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Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, which manufactures fifth wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers, will invest more than $2.6 million to purchase and equip a 125,000 square-foot manufacturing facility creating up to 265 new jobs by 2013.

Heartland announced in February that it has purchased the remaining trademarks of the towable brands of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, which employs more than 900 associates across North Central Indiana, plans to begin hiring additional manufacturing and supervisory associates immediately as the new product lines are phased in. The acquisition of the former Fleetwood brands will allow Heartland to expand into markets in the western United States.

“Our ability to gain ground in a down market has clearly positioned Heartland to make tremendous market share gains and further grow our dealer body in 2010. Accordingly, we have been proactive to make sure that we are in step with demand, growing our workforce, expanding our Elkhart complex and making sure we continue delivering product at industry-best standards,” said Brian Brady, president and chief executive officer of Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC. “This is shaping up to be the best year in our history.”

Founded in 2003 as a manufacturer of high-end fifth wheel recreational vehicles, Heartland RV has expanded into the mid-profile, lightweight and travel trailer markets. In 2006, the company broke ground on its current 110,000 square-foot Elkhart headquarters.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Heartland RV up to $885,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Elkhart will provide additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

“We’re excited about Heartland RV’s announcement to expand their operations in Elkhart,” said Mayor Dick Moore. “This shows the resiliency of the RV industry. Elkhart has been and will continue to be the RV Capital of the World.”

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