Ind. Site for Reservation Firm InfoSpherix

May 31, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A Maryland-based company that takes reservations for the state’s campsites and cabins will open an operations center in Indiana that’s projected to employ about 230 people by the end of 2008, officials have reported. InfoSpherix, which has handled reservation calls for Indiana for the past four years, will open the center in Carmel, north of Indianapolis. Under a four-year contract, it must employ at least 34 Hoosiers full-time and the state will pay less for each reservation the company handles. The... Read more

Jayco Inc. Manufactures RV No. 500,000

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Jayco Inc. recently marked the production of the 500,000th RV since the company’s founding in 1968 with ceremonies at Jayco factories in Middlebury Ind., and Twin Falls, Idaho. Pictured are Derald Bontrager, president and COO; Bertha Bontrager Rhodes, chairperson emeritus; and Wilbur Bontrager, chairman and CEO, with Jayco’s Jay Series folding camping trailer and Jay Flight travel trailer in the background. Each of Jayco’s 1,500 employees received a special hat that marked the 500,00th unit... Read more

Curtin Upgrades ’06 Shipment Projections

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The sustained strength of the travel trailer market through the first quarter raised 2006 shipment projections by University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin. In the summer issue of Roadsigns, Curtin said he expects total deliveries to reach 376,900 units, a 2% decline from last year’s 384,400 units, which would make it the second strongest year since 1978. In the spring edition of Roadsigns, Curtin estimated a nearly 11% decline to 343,000 units. “More RVs were shipped in the first quarter... Read more

WSJ: Rising Sales Increase Repair Issues

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With the sales of recreational vehicles on the rise, the number of incidents involving defects or repair problems has also increased, according to a May 31 article in The Wall Street Journal. The RV Consumer Group, a nonprofit that rates recreational vehicles for safety and handling, said it gets about 100 complaints a month related to structural deficiencies with RVs, up from about 50 complaints a month a decade ago. Adding to the problem, according to WSJ, are the inconsistencies, and in many cases... Read more

Custom Painting Firm Fined for Emissions

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An Indiana company that paints recreational vehicles in two northern Iowa cities was ordered to pay $141,200 in civil penalties for violating state air pollution regulations. The Associated Press reported that CDI LLC, of Elkhart, Ind., a custom painter for Winnebago motorhomes, had agreed to the fine to settle a lawsuit filed last week by the Iowa attorney general’s office. Hancock County District Court Judge Stephen Carroll entered an order Tuesday for CDI to pay the fine. The lawsuit alleged... Read more

<I>Indy Star</I>: Coachmen on Road to Recovery

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You know things aren’t so great at a company when its focus is something called an “intensive recovery plan,” states Daniel Lee in the May 29 edition of the Indianapolis Star. That’s the name of the major initiative these days at Coachmen Industries Inc. The Elkhart, Ind., company, which makes recreational vehicles and homes, racked up $26.4 million in losses in 2005 as its revenue fell 12.5% from the year before. Coachmen shareholders also took a punch in 2005, with the company’s shares... Read more

Camping World Opens Store at Meyer’s RV

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RV aftermarket parts and accessory retailer Camping World Inc. has opened a new retail store at Meyer’s RV Super Centers in Chichester, N.H. The location is the first Camping World store in New England and is the retail chain’s 50th. “Camping World is opening up new stores at a faster pace than at any time in its history, and customers are very positive about that,” commented Camping World President Mark Bogges. “With the opening of the Camping World store in Chichester, we’re... Read more

Drew: A <I>WSJ</I> ‘Best on the Street’ Top Pick

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RV industry supplier Drew Industries Inc. figured prominently in The Wall Street Journal’s 14th annual “Best on the Street” awards, recognizing top business analysts. In the “Leisure Goods & Services” category, one of 44 industries of particular interest to investors, a buy recommendation for Drew was the “notable pick” that earned national recognition for top analyst John Diffendal of BB&T Capital Markets. This is what the WSJ had to say about Drew, parent to recreational... Read more

Gas Prices & RVs in the Memorial Day News

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Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, the nation’s news media didn’t seem overly negative nor unduly positive regarding prospects for rising gas prices affecting Americans’ travel plans for the weekend or the 2006 summer camping season. Judging by the number of stories monitored by RV, however, it was clear that the topic was a popular in late May. A few examples: Camping: Big on fun, low on cost, stated Michigan’s Battle Creek Enquirer in pointing out that the Wolverine State’s... Read more

Fan-Tastic Vent Founder Struck Retires

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David C. Struck, co-founder and corporate vice president of Michigan supplier Fan-Tastic Vent Corp., has announced his retirement, effective June 1. Struck, a 45-year industry veteran, founded the Imlay City-based firm in 1984 along with his business partner, Stephen A. Milks. The two turned Fan-Tastic into one of the most recognized air exchange systems in the recreational and commercial vehicle industries. In 2001, Fan-Tastic Vent reached a benchmark with the sale of its 1 millionth fan. Milks... Read more

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