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Old 04-30-2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Alfa Leisure shuts its doors, entire staff laid off

April 30, 2008

CHINO, Calif. -- Alfa Leisure laid off its entire workforce today and shut its doors, one of the manufacturer's California dealerships confirmed this evening.

Owned by Johnnie Crean, son of Fleetwood founder John Crean, Alfa Leisure had a reputation for exceptional quality and workmanship. But the declining market for motorhomes made it nearly impossible for the company to compete, said those who were aware of the situation. It is not know how many people were impacted by the plant's closure.

Alfa Leisure has not yet filed bankruptcy and may be waiting for a potential buyer to emerge, one dealer suggested.

Attempts to reach Alfa Leisure's offices during working hours were unsuccessful and the company's voice mail system had been turned off.

Rumors began circulating late last week that closure was imminent. One source suggested the company hadn't received an order for a single coach in more than three weeks. Another source suggested the company owed several warranty shops tens of thousands of dollars and were out 120 days on accounts payable. The warranty shops had, apparently, stopped doing business directly with Alfa, requiring consumers to pay for the repairs and seek reimbursement directly from the company.

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Old 04-30-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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Alfa Leisure shuts its doors, entire staff laid off

April 30, 2008

CHINO, Calif. -- Alfa Leisure laid off its entire workforce today and shut its doors, one of the manufacturer's California dealerships confirmed this evening.

Owned by Johnnie Crean, son of Fleetwood founder John Crean, Alfa Leisure had a reputation for exceptional quality and workmanship. But the declining market for motorhomes made it nearly impossible for the company to compete, said those who were aware of the situation. It is not know how many people were impacted by the plant's closure.

Alfa Leisure has not yet filed bankruptcy and may be waiting for a potential buyer to emerge, one dealer suggested.

Attempts to reach Alfa Leisure's offices during working hours were unsuccessful and the company's voice mail system had been turned off.

Rumors began circulating late last week that closure was imminent. One source suggested the company hadn't received an order for a single coach in more than three weeks. Another source suggested the company owed several warranty shops tens of thousands of dollars and were out 120 days on accounts payable. The warranty shops had, apparently, stopped doing business directly with Alfa, requiring consumers to pay for the repairs and seek reimbursement directly from the company.

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http://www.rvinews.com/News/tabid/16941/articleType/Art...eId/841/Default.aspx
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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Wow! That's more sad news. I had read earlier this month that AL had bought land in Oregon to build a new plant.

It only goes to show how fast times & fortunes can change.

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Alfa Leisure to Build Luxury Motorhomes & 5th Wheels in Oregon

(April 2008) – Luxury Motor home and 5th wheel manufacturer Alfa Leisure has closed escrow on 35 acre parcel in southern Oregon.

Ontario, CA –Motor home and luxury 5th wheel manufacturer Alfa Leisure announced they have acquired a 35 acre parcel in Douglas County, Oregon with the intent to build a new manufacturing facility.

"We've had our eyes on Oregon for some time and the deal finally felt right"¯, stated Alfa Founder and CEO Johnnie Crean. "Our plan is to create a ground up, state of the art facility which could produce both towables and motor homes"¯

The approximately 35 acre site is located in Douglas County Oregon, 67 miles south of Eugene, 96 miles north of Medford and 80 miles east of Coos Bay.

"Escrow closed earlier in the year and since that moment, we've been working on our long term plans to both create a world class manufacturing facility and to expand the Alfa line into new segments of the market"¯ stated Alfa president, Scott Degnan.

The land was purchased by Alfa Land of Oregon, LLC , a wholly owned subsidiary of Alfa Leisure, Inc.

In 2005, $345 million dollar private equity firm, Nogales Investors, purchased a majority ownership in Alfa Leisure and continues to be a part of their success.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
Alfa Leisure had a reputation for exceptional quality and workmanship. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

While this statement by ALFA is as questionable as their quality was, this move is not unexpected as several of us agreed that ALFA was going under soon.
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This is going to be a rough period for RV manufacturers. RV sales are down pretty much across the board. Unfortunately, I expect a few more manufacturers will fall by the wayside before things stabilize.
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Sorry about that.

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Old 05-01-2008, 06:53 AM   #10
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So which is it, Alfa is out of business or they are moving to Oregon??

Rumor is John Crean has retired and moved to Hawaii.

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Fleetwood has just announced class A sales are down 36% from the same period last year.

IMHO, all one has to do is look to Europe to see the future of RVing in the US. Small "caravans" will be the vehicle of choice and practicality. The days of the 40' class A are numbered. The ultra rich will still have 40 and 45 footers but those that worked for 40 years and retired with incomes under $100,000 a year will be priced out of the market. Oil pricing will not return to the old days. Can you image currently oil pricing if a major hurricane hits later this summer?? I certainly hope I'm incorrect but all signs point in the opposite direction.

Look for a barrage of RV industry trade news reports about the positive side of RVing to try and shore up the industry but as Bob Dylan's old song goes, "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Come writers and critics
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For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

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Sadly another one bites the dust. I wonder how many more will fall before its all over with.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Tom N:

Sadly, I have to agree with your last post entirly Tom. " I do intend to enjoy it while it lasts, for the times they are a changing." At least for as long as I can afford it.

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Well we will be stuck with what we have.
If they can not sell a new RV going to be hard to sell a used one also.

Park it along side the house and rent it out as an apartment. Use it while you still can afford to. Put it in the garage on blocks till the $$ of gas comes down. WIN THE LOTTERY !!
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