Monday, May 17, 2010

EXCEL TO REOPEN AVIS AMERICA PLANT

I’ve always been a fan of Avis America and today I learned that Excel Homes, now under new ownership, will reopen soon due to expanded sales and the need for more manufacturing capacity.

Here is just part of today’s press release:

“Excel Homes has already increased production at its Liverpool, PA, plant and will restart production at its Avis, PA, plant due to increased demand for the company’s commercial buildings and single-family homes. The Avis facility, known for its high-quality craftsmanship and service, is scheduled to reopen in June. The reopening of the Avis plant will bring in more than 100 jobs and will become Excel Home’s hub for commercial production; a growing sector in the modular industry. Over the next few months, Excel Homes will actively search for additional production and manufacturing capacity in the Northeast – an important region for Excel Homes and its builder partners.”

Avis America

I sincerely hope the new CEO has the vision and conviction to stay the course and keep it open.  According to the above statement, they are looking for additional manufacturing facilities so they can expand.  I learned that Excel’s manufacturing has pick up tremendously over the past several months and the backlog at the Liverpool plant is pushing the new owners, HIG, to make this move.

Maybe somebody in Excel’s management should tell the new CEO what the old CEO did when he first got to Excel…he started a campaign to expand the company and it fell flat on it’s face.  Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

Best of luck to the people of Avis America! 

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach, If Excel is going to reoopen the Avis plant to build commercial stuff, I doubt they will call it Avis AMerica.
I think the brand of Avis America is going to be dead and buried when it reopens.

Anonymous said...

I heard it was to be called "Excel Homes - Avis Division"

Anonymous said...

The Avis brand is gone, Excel builds Excel brand only.
From what I understand the plant in Avis had to open because single family and commercial business is so strong for Excel (not sure why everyone else is suffering, must be sales management) that at over 35 floors a week they were out to almost August with 1 plant.
Upper management may not have been good with the purse strings, but damn there sales team must be really good. I, also, heard they got rid of some dead weight order taker type sales people.

Anonymous said...

The previous CEO may not have been good with the purse strings, but their sales team must be rockin'. My insider tells me that single family is so strong on the heals of the last multi-family deal that at over 35 floors a week in 1 plant they were out to August. I guess they forced out some order taker type sales people and kept the "real" sales people. I guess it shows even through all they have gone through sales seem to be coming in strong compared to the rest of the manufacturers.
Everyone else is struggling to reach even half of 1 plants capacity and these guys are forcing their new management to open another plant. Wo, I wish I had that problem.

Anonymous said...

That's correct. Avis America is no longer and Excel Homes - Avis Division is what it's called.

All good things for Excel.

Coach said...

WOW! The sales reps at Excel must be really red hot right now. I'm sure the previous 2 or 3 comments weren't written by a sales rep or a member of management. Wink ;)

As for bragging that the plant is out until August, if I were a builder looking for a home in July or August (3 months away) I might be looking elsewhere. Let's hope the reopening of the Avis plant quickly relieves that backlog.

Anonymous said...

Good thing Excels sales people are spending so much time on this blog writting comments. My opinion of the matter is they were shut down for so long it forced the back log out and I was told over the last few months they were only averaging 4.5 moves per day. I also heard that they did 35 moves last week but the average worker supposidly worked 76 hours. I would imagine that they are still having trouble procuring material with what is owed to suppliers from the last regime.

Anonymous said...

As a vendor with a big balance of $ owed , I think everyone there are not telling the real truths. Inside info, may mean HIG to run when they find out the real debt & real #'s.........

Anonymous said...

Maybe they got a big order for the road side toliet design that they offer on their webiste. It is the season to travel so the roads will be busy.

Anonymous said...

It is hard for me to believe that Excel has all this business. I think it is a natural for a modular company to stockpile business when they have been running at reduced production levels. However, a word of caution -- it does not take long to work yourself out of a backlog unless your sales team keeps writing BUILDABLE ORDERS at a pace equal to or greater than the production levels.
I have seen it time and time again when plants gear up based on a hiccup in new order input. All of a sudden management gets the feeling they have finally turned the corner when in reality it is only a blip on the radar screen. I have always had the operating philosophy I would not think of increasing productivity unless I kept a 90+ day of buildable order backlog for at least 90 days. Then upon careful review of sales and sales projections I would gradually increase productivity. I think it is dangerous for Excel to reopen Avis plant UNLESS they have long range business. The worst thing for them is to reopen and then close; or to increase productivity and then scale it back. Yoyoing is a death blow for any business.

Steven said...

Please tell "Anonymous' that the raod side facility is known as "The Ready-to-Go Rest Facility".

Anonymous said...

Truer words were never spoken by two previous entries. Why would you even consider bringing a plant out of mothballs when you have a plant up and running that is not producing to capacity. The initial outlay of a restart can be substantial and why hire 100 when when you can add 40 - 50 and increase that plant to capacity before opening another facility.

I am not at all impressed with potential growth and the greatness of any modular manufacturer like Excel Homes, who is supposedly expanding. Or the many others before them that that have closed and been "reborn" When the truth be known, that this expansion and greatness is built upon the backs of their unpaid suppliers.

Anonymous said...

A.J. I am shaking in my boots gave first deposit in Jan.2010 it took three months for plans to go to building inspector Gave 10% deposit May first delivery in six weeks it has gone from July 5th. to July 12th. to July 22nd. Now I find out it will not go on line until July 22nd. delivery sometime mid August. Leave message no return calls. Called H.I.G. the new owner they only speak to their investors got nowhere. If this keeps up I bet a lot og orders will be cancelled and Avis will shut down before it gets warm. \six weeks delivery is the promise before the check after the check it is we are working on it.

Anonymous said...

Excell is so far behind in orders that the left hand does not know what the right. I am discusted with excell unit do to bedelivered 1st. of July is now scheduled for mid August.

Anonymous said...

Avis plant sold to gassers, from what I'm hearing.

To older comments, it had nothing to do with sales skills, but 1 single project.

Once that project was built upper management killed the avis facility. Upper management could barely wipe it's own backside with instructions on how to reach it.