Vixen Composites LLC has announced its management team in anticipation of startup operations this quarter at 2965 LaVanture Place in Elkhart, Ind. The newly established company announced last January that it was investing $6.1 million in equipment and improvements to the 98,000-square-foot LaVanture Place facility, which will serve as Vixen’s manufacturing headquarters.
Gregg Fore, president of Vixen, said startup plans are on schedule and the new company is primed to make an impact in the RV industry. Vixen specializes in structural and exterior composite panels that allow RVs to become more lightweight while also improving structural integrity and durability. Vixen will also serve the commercial trailer, trucking and marine markets. It is affiliated with Dicor Corp., a long-time supplier for the RV industry located in Elkhart. Fore is also president of Dicor.
“We see this as a great opportunity to work with our RV manufacturing partners in building a better RV. We intend to be on the leading edge of wood-free, composite technology. Lighter, sturdier and trouble-free after the sale is what the market is demanding,” said Fore. “We’re very confident the core management group we have assembled will enable us to expertly serve that demand.”
Gordon Frost will serve as Vixen general manager. Frost has more than 21 years of engineering, manufacturing and marketing experience, most recently serving as Dicor’s product manager, construction materials. Prior to his association with Dicor, Frost worked nine years for Owens Corning — Fabwel Division/Crane Composites. During that tenure he served as technical director/technical leader, manager of research and development, and application engineer.
He also received the Slayter Award for Innovation for his work in developing the CTEC all-composite, wood-free, high-gloss exterior sidewall RV sidewall panel. He holds multiple U.S. patents and is Six Sigma Black Belt trained.
Joe Kromkowski will be director of operations. Kromkowski comes to Vixen from General Sheet Metal Works of South Bend and Tomah, Wis., where he served as director, production operations. In this capacity he led an operations team that included production, engineering, ISO 9001 quality management and continuous improvement of both the South Bend and Tomah facilities. Prior to that he was vice president, operations for Tydenbrammall, Angola, Ind., where he directed financial/business and operational enhancements for the manufacture of high volume cargo security seals.
Other positions over his 28-year career have included director of corporate engineering and quality, project engineer, and senior automation engineer. He is also Six Sigma Black Belt trained.
Tom Conn has been named director of sales. Conn has 25 years of industry sales experience, including sales manager for Alpha Systems LLC of Elkhart, a manufacturer of products for the RV, marine and manufactured housing industries. He has also held the position of vice president for Mito Corp., a distributor of 12-volt automotive aftermarket products.
Vixen plans to create up to 34 new jobs by 2012. “We expect our team to make Vixen a leader in its field, and that includes the same service, resourcefulness and reliability that Dicor Corp. and its affiliated companies are known for,” Fore said.
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