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Goshen Mayor Backing Liegl’s Industrial Park

January 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The mayor of Goshen, Ind., wants to help Forest Forest Inc. CEO Pete Liegl develop an industrial park on the city’s north side, The Goshen News reported. The Goshen City Council will consider the mayor’s request for appropriation to make it happen at its Tuesday (Feb. 1) meeting. In an e-mail to be included in the council packet, Kauffman, a Democrat seeking re-election this year to a fifth term in office, gave some advance explanation of the appropriations he is requesting, including... Read more

Drew Pays $7.25 Million for Furniture Builder

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Drew Industries Inc. today (Jan. 31) reported that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lippert Component Inc., acquired the assets and business of Nampa, Idaho-based Home-Style Industries, and its affiliated companies. The purchase price of $7.25 million was paid from available cash, and Drew expects the acquisition of Home-Style to be immediately accretive to earnings, according to a news release. Home-Style manufactures a full line of upholstered furniture and mattresses, primarily for towable recreational... Read more

Consumers Regaining Their Confidence in RVs

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If business at The RV Center in Columbia City, Ind., is any indication, this year’s Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show should be successful for dealers and consumers, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported. Why, you ask? “Consumer confidence,” says Ron Sleeper, owner of The RV Center. “People are feeling a little bit more comfortable.” Sales dropped in 2008 and 2009, but Sleeper saw an increase in 2010 and he expects another increase in sales this year. He expects over the next two to three... Read more

U.S. Factories Doing More with Fewer Workers

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U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China’s industrial might is growing each year. And it might seem as if the United States doesn’t make world-class goods as well as some other nations, The Associated Press reported. “There’s no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products,” President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union policy address last week. Yet... Read more

New Winnebago President Potts Stays Focused

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Randy Potts Focus on hard work is what led Randy Potts from his roots in Waterloo to his new position as president of Winnebago Industries Inc. And, he said, it’s that same focus that will continue to lead the iconic motorhome manufacturer out of a financial funk that first gripped the RV industry two years ago and forced some major cutbacks, the Waterloo Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier reported. “I’ve always tried to stay focused,” Potts said. “Early in my career, I always... Read more

Colton RV’s Expanding to Orchard Park, N.Y.

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Colton, vice president of his family-owned business, confirmed that Colton RV is leasing a vacant 6,000-square-foot former used car dealership from Jim Ball Cadillac along Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, N.Y. Colton RV will be opening its Orchard Park location by March 1, bizjournals.com reported. By leasing the building from Jim Ball, Colton RV has ended a one search for a Southtowns location. “We wanted to be closer to where a lot of our customers are,” Colton said. “This is a... Read more

2011 Jayco GreyHawk: Quality Yet Compact

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Jayco Greyhawk Class C motorhome The 2011 Greyhawk Class C motorhome by Jayco Inc. comes in floorplans ranging from 28 feet to just over 32 feet in length, providing a high-quality motorhome in a compact style, according to a news release. Standard equipment includes a Carefree Travel’r 12-volt electric awning, three-burner range and oven, eight-cubic-foot refrigerator with double doors, microwave and built-in cutting board over the sink. The Greyhawk features Washington Glazed Maple cabinetry,... Read more

Industry Buoyed by Strong Late Year Results

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Gregg Fore RV industry leaders were buoyed by a late year wholesale shipment surge — a strong December that pushed 2010 North American shipments to 242,300 units — a 45.6% gain over 2009. The late-year shipment gains were led once again by travel trailers and fifth-wheels, which were up 23.8% and 24.2%, respectively, for the month of December and 42.4% and 48.6% for the year. Total December shipments of 18,300 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), were... Read more

White House Says Real GDP Grew 2.9% in ’10

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The growth rate of the economy continued to increase in the final quarter of 2010, a further sign that the economy continues to gain momentum as it recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, stated today. (For a copy of the complete address click here.) Real GDP, the total amount of goods and services produced in the country, grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter of last year, the sixth straight quarter of... Read more

$3K Racing Prize Offered at Detroit RV Show

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Click here to watch a video courtesy of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds. The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 45th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show Feb. 16-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, formerly Rock Financial Showplace, in Novi, Mich. Over 250 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, toy haulers and fifth- wheel travel trailers,... Read more

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