Aluminum Extruder Grows, Looks Beyond RVs

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A $1.3 million-plus investment in a new piece of equipment will allow an aluminum extrusion company in northern Indiana that serves the RV industry to expand into a new market and ultimately create new jobs. Hydro Aluminum Co. in North Liberty recently completed the first phase of a project that will allow the company to expand into the heavy transportation market, the South Bend Tribune reported. The upgrade to the existing piece of equipment will streamline operations for the North Liberty plant... Read more

Kropf Fills Big Order for Hoosier Campground

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Prototype of the Christmas Cabins being built by Kropf Industries Inc. for Lake Rudolph Campground Kropf Industries Inc., Goshen, Ind., built and has delivered 25 recreational park trailers for Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind. The resort calls them “Christmas Cabins” and will open them for rental starting June 15, according to a news release. These 25 new cabins feature a large loft, king bedroom, upscale appliances, a covered deck and Christmas... Read more

Coast Reports Modest 5.2% Profit Rise in 2010

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Coast reports 2010 results The Coast Distribution System Inc. today (March 31) reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, highlighted by a modest improvement in net earnings on a 5.2% increase in net sales for the year. Following is the company’s news release. Year Ended December 31, 2010 vs. 2009 Net income increased to $152,000, or 3 cents per share, in 2010 from $99,000, or 2 cents per share, in 2009. This increase was primarily attributable to... Read more

Saskatchewan Dealer Launching New Website

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Launches new website. Moose Jaw RV Supercenter in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a supplier of recreational vehicles in Moose Jaw and Weyburn, has launched a new website at The new online home of the RV specialists will allow new and existing customers the convenience of browsing through the available fifth-wheels and travel trailers from the comfort of their own home. Each product showcased online features a unique light box image gallery, and detailed information on the unit, effectively... Read more

El Monte RV Launches Two Dealer Promotions

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El Monte RV announced two new dealer promotional programs for this spring. The first program encourages dealers to buy three  motorhomes and get two additional motorhomes on consignment until May 31. The second program is a $500 spiff to the salesperson for every El Monte RV vehicle sold until May 31. “These are great initiatives to help boost spring sales and we are gearing up to be able to meet the increased demand for our motorhomes,” Jeff Gibson, fleet sales manager for El Monte RV, stated... Read more

Sokol Resigns, Ending Buffett Successor Talk

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David Sokol A top executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., who was believed to have had the inside track to one day succeed billionaire Warren Buffett as CEO, has suddenly resigned. Buffett said today (March 30) that David Sokol’s resignation letter, delivered by his assistant late Monday, came as a “total surprise,” the Associated Press reported. Buffett said Sokol, who had been serving as chairman of Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy, NetJets and Johns Manville units, indicated... Read more

The Nation’s Largest RV Rally Expands in 2012

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Vince Gill to headline 2011 "Rally" With a much stronger focus on and commitment to Good Sam members and their experiences, Good Sam, the nation’s largest RV community, announced today (March 30) a ramp up going forward on their rally activities. The colossal Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona is gearing up for The Rally March 22-25, 2012, followed by charming Louisville, Ky., June 21 – 24. Historic Daytona International Speedway in Florida will fly the green flag for RVers Oct.... Read more

Canadian RV Dealer Thanks RCMP for Efforts

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Doug Allan has proof that sometimes, the system works. When his RV business in British Columbia, CountrySide RV, was robbed and vandalized last fall, he felt demoralized and frustrated, the Cowichan News Leader, Duncan, British Columbia, reported. First, one of his trailers was stolen from his lot, and just a few weeks later 21 RVs were damaged when a crook broke in with a crowbar and stole a bunch of TVs and stereos. But Allan’s thankful hard work from local RCMP and Duncan’s Crown counsel office... Read more

Britton was 2007 RV/MH Hall of Fame Inductee

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Jerry Britton Jerry W. Britton, a longtime RV and manufactured housing financier, died Monday (March 28), while exercising at a health club in Naples, Fla. He was 60. Britton was president of the Distribution Finance Group at Textron Financial Corp. (TFC). He joined the company in 2000 and was a member of the TFC Executive Committee. Prior to joining TFC, Britton was with Green Tree Financial Corp. as president of its commercial lending business. He also spent 17 years with ITT Commercial Finance... Read more

Affinity Group Sells RVBusiness to G&G Media

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G&G Media Group LLC, a new Elkhart, Ind., publishing firm launched by two well-known RV industry veterans, has announced the acquisition of the flagship trade journal RVBusiness (RVB) from Affinity Group. The sale to current RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and Beverly Gardner, proprietor of Beverly Gardner & Associates, an Elkhart, Ind., publishers representative firm, includes the popular website and relevant trademarks. “RVBusiness is a venerable and respected trade name... Read more

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