Gregory Smith Takes Helm at ADP Lightspeed

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ADP Lightspeed, a premier provider of Dealer Management Systems (DMS), has announced that Gregory Smith, previously the head of the ADP Dealer Services Business Intelligence unit, has stepped in to direct its operations. Smith replaces Laurn Rice who will now direct sales operations within ADP Lightspeed, according to a news release. In his 30-year business career, Smith has held executive positions in operations, marketing, sales, strategy, parts and service, training and supply chain management... Read more

SLIDE SHOW: Indiana OEMs Welcome Dealers

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Today’s Featured Video offers a look at some of the open houses underway this week in Elkhart County. Shown are events sponsored by Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., Carriage Inc., Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Dynamax Corp., EverGeen Recreational Vehicles, Sunnybrook RV, Open Range RV, Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc.  Read More →

Dicor Pursues New Brand Strategy, Products

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Dicor Corp. is on the move with a new brand structure, a new solution for RV sidewalls and a record number of new products to introduce at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. “We have pushed hard to create many valuable new options for our OEM and aftermarket customers. We’ve developed some very exciting solutions for improving some of the RV’s most vital components,” said Dicor  President Gregg Fore in a news release. Dicor Corp. is a leading supplier... Read more

Louisville’s Mayor Welcomes Dometic to City

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Doug Whyte (second from left), president of Dometic Americas, is joined by Joe Reagan, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson; and Frank Marciano, president of Dometic Marine. Doug Whyte, president of Dometic Americas, hosted a special customer reception during the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Wednesday (Sept. 29) to celebrate his company’s headquarters re-locating from Elkhart, Ind., to Louisville, Ky. Louisville... Read more

Jayco Hosts 500 Retail Trainees in Middlebury

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Jayco Inc. management (from left) Sid Johnson, Dave Eash and Derald Bontrager, stand behind some of the graduates of this year's Master RV Product Training Session. Jayco Inc. Wednesday completed its Master RV Product Training Session during which the company hosted almost 500 sales personnel representing 175 dealers over the past two weeks in two sessions at its Middlebury, Ind., manufacturing complex. To save money in the flagging economy, this is the first time Jayco has had sales representatives... Read more

Newest American Coach Dealer: Southaven RV

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American Coach, the luxury coach division of Fleetwood RV Inc., today (Sept. 30) announced that it added Southaven RV, located in Southaven, Miss., to its dealer network. Southaven RV will be a full-line American Coach dealer carrying American Revolution, American Tradition, American Eagle and American Heritage, and will also be an authorized American Coach service center, according to a news release. “Southaven RV is one of the mid-South’s premium RV dealers, and we are excited to welcome them... Read more

Murray to Lead Roadtrek’s Midwest Sales Team

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Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has announced the appointment of Joe Murray as regional sales manager for the central U.S. region. Murray is a 43-year veteran of the Class B van business. “We are tremendously excited to add Joe to our strong sales team. Adding someone with Joe’s talent and experience just reinforces our No. 1 position in North America,” said Paul Cassidy, vice president of sales for the Kitchener, Ontario-based company. Murray will work as part of the team to grow sales in North... Read more

Winnebago Intros Redesigned 2011 Tour Pusher

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2011 Winnebago Tour Winnebago Industries Inc. has redesigned its top-of-the-line 2011 Winnebago Tour diesel pusher motorhome, the Forest City, Iowa-based company reports in a news release. Available in four triple- and quad-slide floorplans — two with full-wall slideouts — Tour is built on 34,320- and 44,320- pound GVWR Maxum Freightliner chassis initially equipped with pre-2010 EPA 400-hp Cummins diesel engines. Those will be switched out beginning this fall with a 2010-EPA... Read more

Wall Street Trades 1.9M Thor Shares Wednesday

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Thor Industries Inc.  stock soared 13.70% to $32.95 on over 1.92 million shares traded on Wednesday (Sept. 29), triple its normal daily trading volume, Newsworthy Stocks reported. The stock was one of the top 10 percentage gainers for that day. The company late Tuesday reported earnings of $40.6 million, or 78 cents a share, up from $24.8 million, or 45 cents a share, a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet Research had been looking for the Jackson Center, Ohio-based company to post a profit, on... Read more

Holiday Rambler Towables Adds 4 New Dealers

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Monaco RV LLC has announced that  its Holiday Rambler Towable division has added four new dealers to its network. Fred & Jack Trailer Sales of Bryant, Ark., Gustine’s RV Sales & Service of East Hampton, Conn., Eagle Ridge RV Center of Lake Wales, Fla.,  and Rivers Bus & RV Sales of Jacksonville, Fla., are carrying Holiday Rambler’s line of travel trailer and fifth-wheels, Savoy LX, Mintaro and Campmaster, according to a news release. “As we continue to expand our dealer network... Read more

Baird & Co. Raises Thor Forecast on Q4 Report

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Editor’s Note: Robert Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter following Tuesday’s year-end earnings report by Thor Industries Inc. Excerpts of the Baird newsletter follow. Raising estimates and price target to $36. EPS topped expectations on robust margins. Meanwhile, our dealer checks indicate retail demand is better than feared. In the short run, we expect recent momentum to persist as macro catalysts unfold (election cycle and tax policy) and estimates trend higher (better retail... Read more

Couplemate Debuts New SUV STEP/Base Plate

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Couplemate Trailer Parts of North America has announced the U.S. and Canadian release of its new SUV STEP and heavy duty base plate. According to North American Sales Manager Laurie Pedrick, the SUV STEP is a smart and practical new innovation designed to provide convenience and support for trailer owners, while serving as a safety precaution to help prevent potential risk or injury. The SUV STEP is a removable, non-skid platform that installs directly onto the towbar when the trailer is not underway,... Read more

Trailer Tryst Lands Canadian Couple in Pokey

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A quick romp in a travel trailer at a Kamloops, British Columbia, automotive dealership in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Sept. 28) will likely result in criminal charges for a Kamloops man, reported. Mounties were called to the dealership in the 100 block of Tranquille Road just after 2 a.m. after a security guard working the lot said he heard male and female voices in one of the trailers on site. Police arrived and searched the storage compartment of one of the vehicles,... Read more

KZ RV Expanding Its West Coast Dealer Body

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KZ Recreational Vehicles recently announced Toscano RV in Los Banos, Calif., as a new dealer for its full line of towable RVs. “Like us, KZ has been in business for a long time, and they’re a good manufacturer to be in business with. They have good brands and our salesmen are excited about the new lines,” said Henry Flores, Toscano RV general manager. “We’re happy to bring Toscano RV into our network. They have a good reputation, they’re committed to their products, and we like their... Read more

Progressive Unveils Loyalty Rewards Program

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Progressive’s RV insurance customers can now look forward to more than just carefree days on the road. RVers insured with Progressive now earn benefits with its Loyalty Rewards program, according to a news release. Customers start earning rewards on day one. The longer they stay with Progressive, the more savings and benefits they receive. “We give our loyal customers tangible rewards, like accident forgiveness and discounts, the longer they stay with us. Plus, the program is free and the rewards... Read more

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