Written by Derek Halsey | Photos by Evan Anderson
The beloved Brevard-based business expands with caution, innovation, and established brand appeal.
When Capital at Play last profiled SylvanSport nearly seven years ago, in March 2012, the early story was told of the outdoor gear company’s creation and production of the GO Adventure Camper.
The all-in-one recreational vehicle and utility trailer was lightweight yet strong, versatile and innovative, and it is still the company’s best-selling product. As our previous article stated, the GO Adventure Camper had established itself on the market by 2012 and SylvanSport had successfully survived the Great Recession.
Indeed, the SylvanSport tale of entrepreneurial success has been one of growth and staying true to the specific niche in the outdoor market that they have brilliantly exploited. Owner and chief product designer Tom Dempsey has chosen to be cautious with the company’s expansion plans. The goal has been to make sure the original products increase their market shares while the company’s brand continues to grow. The last several years have seen SylvanSport staying steady and not recklessly producing new products that fall short of the initial entrepreneurial dream.
Now, as 2019 arrives, the SylvanSport story is about to jump into an exciting new chapter, as the Brevard-based company is expanding its manufacturing capabilities while introducing a new camper soon to debut in this new year. On the eve of our visit with Dempsey and SylvanSport, they have just moved into a brand-new, 30,000-sq.-ft. building that will house their manufacturing facility as well as the business offices and design studios.
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