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Dec 16,2006


Coachmen Industries, Inc. Announces Appointment of Housing and Building Group Management Team

by RVing Online News Sources

Coachmen Industries, Inc. (NYSE:COA) today announced the appointment of a senior management team for the Company's Housing and Building Group.

Rick Bedell will rejoin the Company as the President of Consolidated Building Industries, LLC, dba The Coachmen Housing and Building Group. Mr. Bedell was formerly the President of Miller Building Systems, Inc., which was sold by Coachmen Industries in 2006. He has extensive experience in the modular construction industry as well as management of multi-plant operations. He was previously President of the Modular Building Institute, and served on their Board of Directors for four years. Rick Lavers, Coachmen's Chief Executive Officer commented, "We are extremely pleased to have Rick back in our Housing and Building Group. He is very familiar with the requirements to successfully implement major multi-unit projects, which is, of course, an important element of our future growth plans in both special projects and military construction." Mr. Bedell's appointment will be effective as of January 1, 2007.

In addition to Mr. Bedell's appointment, the Company promoted Mr. Del Herr to Executive Vice President - Operations of the Housing and Building Group. Mr. Herr was the General Manager of All American Homes of Iowa, where he consistently generated superior financial performance. The promotion is effective immediately and all General Managers of manufacturing operations in the Housing and Building Group will report directly to Mr. Herr. The Company also promoted Mr. Dave Kurth to Vice President - Field Operations and Special Projects for the Housing and Building Group. In his new role, Mr. Kurth will be responsible for delivery, set and site operations for special projects and military construction, industrial engineering at our manufacturing facilities, new facility selection and start ups, and special projects in new markets.

"With a new senior management team in place, we are another step closer to completing our operational transformation. We are excited by our new leaders and look forward to their success as we pursue exciting new opportunities in multi-family housing and military construction projects," concluded CEO Lavers.

Coachmen Industries, Inc., through its prominent industry subsidiaries, is one of America's leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles, systems-built homes and commercial buildings. The Company's well-known RV brand names include COACHMEN(R), GEORGIE BOY(R), SPORTSCOACH(R) and VIKING(R). Coachmen's ALL AMERICAN HOMES subsidiary is one of the nation's largest producers of systems-built homes, and also a major builder of multi-family residential and commercial structures with its ALL AMERICAN BUILDING SYSTEMS(R) products. Coachmen Industries, Inc. is a publicly held company with stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker COA.

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