Redwood RV Purchases Carriage Name

Syracuse, Indiana-based Redwood Residential Vehicles has purchased the brand names, trademarks, and intellectual property of former Millersburg RV manufacturer Carriage Inc. yesterday (February 22) at an auction from Ross, Ohio-based Myron Bowling Auctioneers.

Redwood RV is a division of CrossRoads RV based in Topeka, Indiana.

Don Emahiser, President of Redwood and CrossRoads says the company has also hired several former Carriage employees, according to an Inside Indiana Business news release.

Carriage, a luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer, had been headquartered in Millersburg, Indiana since 1968 and built fifth wheels under the Cabo, Cameo, Carri-Lite, and Royals International brands.

Carriage was ordered into liquidation following protracted discussions between company executives and its lenders, primarily PNC Bank out of Indianapolis. Ultimately, PNC filed suit October 18 to take possession of Carriage, which reportedly owed the bank more than $5 million.

More than 700 bidders had reportedly registered for the court-ordered liquidation of Carriage assets.

“It’s a historic brand, it’s been around for more than 40 years, and we think there’s a place for historical brands in this industry,” said Emahiser. “And we think we’re a company that’s up to the challenge of continuing its legacy.”

Carriage Cabo

“We are excited about this purchase,” added Emahiser. “We’ve hired key Carriage talent—from production, to purchasing, IT, and sales. I doubt that any other manufacturer has attracted more. They have been placed throughout our organization, from senior management to entry-level positions.”

The management team at Redwood and CrossRoads believes the acquisition of not only the Carriage name but also the hiring of many of its previous employees will make the companies uniquely positioned to be the best stewards of the Carriage legacy, Inside Indiana Business reports.

“We strongly feel that the RV Industry needs its historic brands, so we look forward to bringing this iconic name back to the marketplace,” said Emahiser.

Details of the acquisition and specific plans for the Carriage name and brands will be disclosed in the near future according to a company spokesperson.

Details

Redwood Residential Vehicles

Redwood RV manufactures and markets mid-priced, luxury fifth wheels designed specifically for full-time living.

Redwood fifth-wheels range from 34 to 40 feet and are available in eight floor plans with MSRPs starting around $80,000.

Headquartered in Syracuse, Indiana Redwood RV products are distributed through dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

Redwood RV is a division of CrossRoads RV based in Topeka, Indiana.

Carriage Royals International

Redwood and CrossRoads are subsidiaries of Thor Industries, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 72440 St. Rd. 13, Syracuse, IN 46567

Phone: (574) 456-7800

Website: redwood-rv.com

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