Friday, August 16, 2013 | 5:08 PM
|Paradise Canyon Cabin headed to Wisconsin. L-R Walter "Tiny"White, plant manager, Jan and Jacky Barnett|
A new plant, which opened it's doors in early July, is hosting an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Monday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. Paradise Canyon Cabins, LLC, located at 2476 Marion County Highway 62 (between Haleyville and Bear Creek) is the manufacturer of park model homes. These units are built as cabins, chalets or lodges and are used by campgrounds and individuals. They are sold throughout the United States.
The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is open to the public and some of the local government officials expected to attend include Alabama State Representative Mack Morrow, Bear Creek Mayor Connie Morrison and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri. The plant facility as well as an example of the housing will be shown.
"Most everyone dreams of a cabin in the woods and these cabins are affordable and built to last," said General Manager Jacky Barnett. Barnett of Bear Creek, who began Paradise Canyon Cabins last month has a background in homebuilding and manufacturing. "This plant is a good way to combine my experience in manufacturing and carpentry." he said. "Also, we are fortunate that many of the employees have experience in the manufacture of park models," Barnett stated.
Barnett says some people, especially in Alabama, do not know what a park model home is. He explained that a park model home is a recreational vehicle, deigned primarily for temporary living or to be placed in an RV park or campground for seasonal use. Built on a single chassis and mounted on wheels, they have a heated space of 400 square feel. "Unlike a manufactured home or mofile home typically made in our area, these units are built as an RV and they are constructed by what is called and "ANSI Standard."(ANSI is the American National Standards Institute)
In fact, until last year, park model homes were not sold by dealers in Alabama and were subject to manufactured housing rules. Local legislator Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, was instrumental in passing legislation that defined park model homes and their construction and compliance with national standards in this state. State Senator Roger Bedford of Russellville, sponsored the bill in the senate. It was signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley in May, 2012.
The plant currently employs 20 people. Barnett says with additional sales he hopes to double that amount. The plant manager for Paradise Canyon Cabins is Walter "Tiny" White, Jr. of Hamilton. Phyllis Watts of Ashridge is the office manager, purchasing manager is Ken Rushing of Haleyville and Gary Vickery of Haleyville, sales manager, is assisted by Penny Lacey of Hackleburg. Jeniffer Hernandez of Haleyville provides the drafting plans for the operation.
Paradise Canyon Cabins, LLC, manufactures standard cabins and made to order units for dealers and individuals and offer a variety of pricing options. Financing is available to qualified buyers through Community Spirit Bank in Russellville. For more information or to see one of the cabins, call 205.486.9800.