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What are Fleetwood mobile homes?

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Fleetwood mobile homes are a type of manufactured housing built by what was once the largest American manufacturer of mobile homes. In 2009, the company went bankrupt, and the Fleetwood brand name and some of the assets were purchased by the private equity firm American Industrial Partners.

Fleetwood began in 1950 as Coach Specialties Company, a small manufacturer of travel trailer window blinds. In 1953, owner John C. Crean renamed it the Fleetwood Trailer Company. By the 1970s, Fleetwood was manufacturing full-sized residential trailers as well as travel trailers. In the 1980s and 1990s, strong domestic competition damaged Fleetwood's bottom line. Despite a realignment of the mobile home section into three regional entities designed to address markets more directly, Fleetwood fell into a downward financial spiral that ended with its bankruptcy.

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