Perris, Calif.-based Pacific Coachworks will expand production of its fifth wheels and toy haulers into Idaho after acquiring Northland Industries, a single-facility camper and trailer manufacturer located west of Boise in the town of Nampa.
Pacific will use the 15,000-square-foot facility to produce trailers and fifth wheels, and the deal ends production of all Northland lines, according to Northland General Manager Adam Clark. A purchase price was not disclosed.
“This is great news,” said Clark, who will continue to work under the new ownership as the plant general manager.
Clark said that prior owners had allowed relationships with vendors to sour, and the up-front cost of parts had become an insurmountable burden for Northland over the past six months.
“We just decided someone else needed to come in and take over, and that’s what happened,” Clark said.
Northland Industries was founded more than 50 years ago in Boise, producing truck camper lines, and later began producing towables. After a fire burned the original facility in the late ’90s, the business was relocated to its current location.
Northland sold almost exclusively to two dealers in the Northwest across four locations.
Clark is unsure how the new owners will handle Northland’s 1-year warranties moving forward.
“They’re still ironing all that stuff out,” he said. “We still have all the parts left over, so we’re going to keep some of it in stock just in case, but I’m not sure yet how the new owners want to handle that stuff.”
Talks for the deal with Pacific began late last week, and advanced quickly, according to Clark, who said Pacific aims to begin production of about two units per week within the next few weeks with the goal of bumping up production to eight units once the transition is complete.
Pacific Coachworks will use the facility to produce several lines concurrently with its California facility, specifically the Sandsport, Powerlite, Ragin’ and Econ lines, according to Pacific Marketing Director Sue Willis.
Willis said the deal allows Pacific to better serve its dealers in the area, and gives Pacific an outpost on which to further grow its dealer network. Additionally, Pacific CEO and President Brett Bashaw was eager to reconnect with his Idaho roots.
“When we learned about this opportunity there was no question as to whether or not we were interested,” Bashaw said in a news release. “Idaho is home. I have lived there; it is where my parents reside, and where our plumbing, irrigation and fencing supply company Silver Creek Supply is located.”