Bankston Motor Homes opens new sales and service center in Attalla

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey called the Bankston Motor Homes location of a 48,000-square-foot sales and service facility in Attalla “an investment that knows no bounds” and will support many other state industries, especially tourism.

Ivey attended a grand opening of the sixth Bankston location on Friday, along with officials from Attalla and other local governing bodies.

Founder Harrison Bankston said the company has four locations in Alabama and two in Tennessee, to sell, service and supply motor homes. The official opening of this facility, he said, “took 52 years.”

Attalla Mayor Larry Means said it had been about five years since initial contacts about the project, which he described as a $15 million investment in Attalla, had been made.

Means said many people don’t understand the timelines for bringing in a business or industry. “It takes years,” he said.

A few of the many RV models offered at Bankston Motor Homes were on display Friday as guests awaited Governor Kay Ivey's arrival.

This new business is located behind Walmart in Attalla. It includes two 27-foot heated and enclosed delivery bays, two fully covered delivery lanes and 12 fully enclosed service bays, leaving room for expansion.

Bankston Motor Homes chairman Chase Baerlin said the company now employs 55 people and expects to employ around 85 over the next two years. Bankston partners with local high school career technology programs to bring students to train and receive certifications from the Technical Institute of Recreational Vehicles.

Officials, employees and members of the Bankston family lined up for a ribbon cutting and photos Friday at the grand opening of Bankston Motor Homes in Attalla.

Means said the first thing Bankston management asked about, regarding location in the town, was its schools.

Ivey said Bankston Motor Homes has been a family business since the 1970s, and has reinvested in Alabama with a focus on offering products made in Alabama and the United States.

“Made in Alabama brings back made in America,” she said.

Bankston said he has 11 grandchildren now working in the family business, which is remarkable these days. He said his business is one that helps bring families together – with the ability to travel and camp.

“They say the family that camps together stays together,” he said.

Ivey said Bankston’s activities “spill over” to other industries. She said RVs allow people to get out and explore the state and see its amenities.