August '20

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rv-pro.com August 2020 • RV PRO • 41 Skyline Champion Corp., the leading builder of park models in America through its Athens Park and Shore Park offerings. In fact, until COVID-19 stopped the U.S. economy in its tracks earlier this year, the two park model lines had their best- selling first quarter ever, according to Grymonprez. He attributes that strong growth partly to the overall solid demand for park models but even more so to the strong backing his company enjoys with purchasers. "I think why we have such a large percentage of the business is because we've been doing this a long time. We build a quality product and we service it. We're a public company, and people feel comfortable buying from us," says Grymonprez, who was an owner of Texas-based Athens Park Homes before Champion bought it in 2012. About half of Skyline Champion's park model business is done through park model, RV and manufactured homes dealers, while campgrounds, RV parks and resorts make up the other half, according to Grymonprez. Because the company makes so many Athens Park prides itself on offering residential flourishes in its units, including fancy kitchen packages and offering double sinks and big showers in the bathrooms. "I think kitchens and baths – just like in the housing business – that's what sells in our park models," says Grymonprez.

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