17 Candidates Vie for Nine RVIA Board Seats

July 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Nominating Committee has selected 17 candidates who will be vying for nine seats on the board of directors during the association’s August elections, according to the latest issue of RVIA Today: • Conversion Vehicle Seat: Running for one seat are Vern Kauffman, president of L.A. West, Inc., (incumbent) and Don Waldoch, president of Waldoch Craft (3-year term) • Motorhome Category: Running for one seat are Chris Braun, senior vice president... Read more

<i>RV Business</i> Seeks Industry’s Top Guns

July 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

In an upcoming issue, the staff of RV Business magazine plans to showcase ten of the industry’s most consistently effective and aggressive salespeople – those so-called “shooters” who not only close sales but ensure repeat business by their demonstrated professionalism. Now, we’re not talking about sales managers and vice presidents here. We’re talking about real front line personnel, those doing wholesale business as OEM factory reps and those who exemplify sales finesse... Read more

Market Pressures Impact Monaco Earnings

July 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Impacted by retail market pressures stemming from excess inventory and soft demand, Monaco Coach Corp. reported a nearly 17% slide in revenues and an almost 94% earnings decline for the company’s second quarter. Corroborating estimates issued in a preliminary report July 11, the Coburg, Ore.-based builder also reported second quarter earnings of 3 cents per share, falling well below analyst’s expectations and down from 40 cents per share last year. Monaco noted the quarter included a one-time... Read more

Indiana Seeks Local Firm for CampIN System

July 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouragomg Hoosier businesses to submit proposals for operating the state’s CampIN campground reservation system. According to a press release, the DNR will hold a Request For Proposal (RFP) meeting Aug. 30 in Indianapolis at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Government Center South. Currently, Spherix Inc. of Beltsville, Md., operates the CampIN system. “The fact that our campground reservation system is operated by an out of state vendor is... Read more

Drew Posts Record 2Q Earnings, Revenues

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Drew Industries Inc. reported record revenues and earnings for its second quarter, marked by expansion and market share growth in the company’s core recreational vehicle and manufactured housing markets. The White Plains, N.Y.-based company, parent to suppliers Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro, posted net income in the quarter of $8.7 million compared with $8.2 million last year. Sales during the three-month period rose 15% to $163 million from $142 million in 2004. For the six months, Drew reported... Read more

‘RV Rescue’ Debuts at Redmond Rally

July 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Dometic Corp. and a growing number of industry sponsors unveiled a unique “RV Rescue” consumer promotion at Affinity Group Inc.’s (AGI) Great North American RV Rally (GNAR), July 11-14 in Redmond, Ore., before a record Central Oregon crowd that included 5,612 coach owners. The promotion will culminate with a free, full-scale RV makeover to be performed during the 2006 Great North American RV Rally – recently renamed “The Rally” – slated for April... Read more

Lazydays’ Don and Erika Wallace Honored

July 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Tampa, Fla., Mayor Pam Iorio proclaimed April 7, 2005 as “Don and Erika Wallace Day,” to honor the couple for their philanthropic activities and efforts. The Wallace family founded Tampa-area dealership Lazydays RV Supercenter.   According to a press release, the city recognizes local individuals whose commitment and dedication have made a lasting impact on the Tampa Bay community and its citizens. Through the Don and Erika Wallace Family Foundation, the couple has invested in programs... Read more

Motley Fool: Fleetwood Getting Fleeter

July 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. has been on the investment community’s radar for years. But the Riverside, Calif., publicly owned company’s recent troubles may have turned the spotlight up a few notches. In a recent installment by The Motley Fool, a popular investment column penned by Rich Smith, Fleetwood’s widespread changes and the candor demonstrated by recently named President and CEO Elden Smith were applauded. The following is Smith’s column that ran on July 25: About the only thing I dislike... Read more

Spherix Refiles Protest on Federal Contract

July 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Spherix Inc. of Beltsville, Md., recently filed a protest against the Agriculture Department’s re-award of its single federal recreation information and reservation service to ReserveAmerica of Ballston Spa, N.Y., according to a report in Government Computer News. The Forest Service awarded the $97 million National Recreation Reservation System contract last month to ReserveAmerica, a subsidiary of Ticketmaster, for the second time. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last December supported... Read more

Thor Industries Promotes Airstream’s Riegel

July 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced today (July 26) a reorganization of its management team, including the promotion of Richard E. Riegel from president of subsidiary Airstream Inc. to group president of Thor. In a press release, the Jackson Center, Ohio-based recreational vehicle and bus builder said the moves were designed to “accelerate its growth and leadership in its two industries.” Thor companies that will report to Riegel include: Airstream, Thor California Inc., Komfort Corp., CrossRoads... Read more

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