Gulf Stream's evolution into a world-class RV manufacturer is a success story that has revolutionized the RV industry. The company’s founder, James F. Shea Sr., was the driving force behind Gulf Stream’s growth. His vision, his courage and his drive to succeed drove Gulf Stream to become one of the top five RV manufacturers. His insight and innovation made Gulf Stream a leader, and we continue to lead the RV industry in innovative recreational vehicle products. Mr. Shea’s philosophy has always been one of working hard but giving generously. Our continued success reflects this commitment to community, to the RV industry and to the Gulf Stream family. Today, Gulf Stream is the envy of other RV manufacturers with our focus on lean manufacturing principles, innovative rv products and a strong commitment to becoming the best RV manufacturer in the industry. The second generation has taken the reins and continues Mr.Shea’s vision and drive.
James F. Shea, Sr. began as a successful
attorney in Detroit, Michigan. After a client intrigued him
with the possibilities of manufactured housing, he started
Fairmont Homes in 1971 in an old sauerkraut factory. Fairmont
Homes fashioned a contemporary look for their
homes and a successful company was launched during an era
when consumers balked at “luxury” purchases.