Champion to Resume Manufacturing Operations in Tennessee

News / Champion

TROY, Mich., May 30, 2008 - Champion, a leader in factory-built construction, today announced it will resume its Tennessee manufacturing operations at a facility located in Dresden, Tenn. Dresden operations will temporarily replace the Company's Henry, Tenn., production which came to a standstill on Feb. 8, 2008, when that plant was destroyed by an early morning fire.

"We're fortunate to have found and secured another facility in such a short period of time," said Mike Terrian, general manager of the Champion Homes of Tennessee operation."We are all eager to get back to the business of building homes, which we hope will happen by mid-summer."

The Dresden facility will temporarily replace the Henry facility while Champion considers its options for a permanent location in the area. Located approximately 15 miles from Henry, Tenn., the newer, more modern Dresden facility is larger and provides more manufacturing flexibility than the previous Henry location. "The Dresden community leaders have given us a very warm welcome," continued Terrian.

"We appreciate our retailers' loyalty and encouragement throughout this challenging period. Also, we want to recognize the significant efforts put forth by our Topeka, Indiana and Burleson, Texas plants to produce our Tennessee homes during our "downtime", said Michael Williams, sales manager. "We're looking forward to outfitting this plant, ordering material and getting ready to take back production responsibility of our homes. And we're anxious to get going again as Champion Homes of Tennessee - the sooner, the better."

Champion Homes of Tennessee employs over 100 people and provides manufactured and modular homes to customers in the Southeastern United States. In October 2008, the Company will celebrate 40 years of building quality homes in the state of Tennessee.