Elkhart County’s Job Growth Leads the Nation

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Elkhart County Numbers released Wednesday (April 27) by the Labor Department show unemployment in the Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., area dropped 4.6% from March 2010 to March 2011, the largest percentage decrease in the country. The rate fell from 15.6% in March 2010 to 11% in March 2011, WSJV-TV, South Bend, reported. Elkhart Economic Development Director Barkley Garrett says he’s encouraged the numbers are moving in the right direction. He says he’s seeing RV manufacturers in the area ramp... Read more

Serro Scotty Enthusiasts Gather in Pittsburgh

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Serro Scotty trailers at the 2010 Grand National Rally in Walland, Tenn. Owning a Serro Scotty camper, for some folks, is like being a kid again. The lightweight tagalongs left lasting impressions on many childhoods, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. “My parents had one of them. … It sparks memories,” says David Turner, 60, of Morgantown, W.Va., a former furniture repairman and craft-show vendor who’s bought, sold and rebuilt about 10 Serro Scotty campers. “You... Read more

Reader’s Digest RV Tour to Visit Mentor, Ohio

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Niki Taylor on Reader's Digest RV tour Reader’s Digest will be visiting the city of Mentor, Ohio, and the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum Tuesday (May 3) as part of its “We Hear You America” RV tour, the Mentor Patch reported. Reader’s Digest is traveling to 100 cities in 100 days via RV. In addition to drawing attention to Mentor, the magazine will also give the city $1,000 to help stimulate its local economy. Also, Reader’s Digest will feature the city of... Read more

Bennett Motor Express’s Lowery Leading SCRA

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Bill Stramer (right) presents the SCRA leadership gavel to David Lowery, president of Bennett Motor Express LLC. During its Annual Member Meeting held recently in San Diego, the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SCRA) elected Bennett Motor Express LLC President David Lowry to lead the association for the 2011-2012 term. Lowry is one of four officers selected during SCRA’s recent annual conference. Most recently, Lowry has held several board positions with SCRA, including vice president... Read more

Manheim’s Karen Braddy Receives POW! Award

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In recognition of her POWerful leadership contributions over the past 20 years, Manheim Specialty General Manager Karen Braddy was honored by Atlanta-based Womenetics on Tuesday (April 26) with a 2011 POW! Award. The award was presented at the second annual POW! Awards ceremony at the Loews Atlanta Hotel by Womenetics and Porsche Cars North America. Braddy was among an elite group of 15 innovative female leaders in Georgia, recognized and celebrated for helping forge new paths, inspiring passion,... Read more

VIDEO #2: Country Coach’s Revival Continues

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Watch today’s Video #2, courtesy of KVAL-TV, Eugene, Ore. The service bays are full at the resurrected Country Coach in Junction City, Ore., proof for owner Ron Lee that the RV business still has a pulse. Breathing new life into the ailing industry is one of the jobs of the Oregon RV Alliance, a non-profit marketing group that formed in December. “I believe it’s going to be a big asset to our business here,” Lee said. “The goal is, our mission statement is to expose... Read more

Lazydays Finalizes Deal to Acquire Beaudry RV

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Tampa Bay, Fla.-based Lazydays RV Center Inc. today (April 29) announced that it has completed the sales transaction on the dealership formerly owned and occupied by Beaudry RV in Tucson, Ariz. Having closed on the property, Lazydays said it “will now begin obtaining the necessary business permits and do a thorough review and inspection of the property in the process of creating the Lazydays customer experience in Tucson.” “This is an exciting day for Lazydays,” John Horton, President... Read more

Bell Industries Reports Rise in 2010 Revenues

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Indianapolis-based Bell Industries, Inc. recently reported financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010. Revenues from continuing operations for the 2010 year were $112.2 million, up 11.5% from $100.6 million a year ago, with a $4.0 million increase in revenues related to the company’s Recreation Products Group segment and a $7.6 million increase in revenues related to the company’s Bell Techlogix business. The company had net income of $0.3 million, or $0.68 per share, for the... Read more

Caravan Salon on Tap, Marks 50th Anniversary

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Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2011, Europe’s No. 1 show for motorhomes and RV’s, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Düsseldorf, Germany, running Aug. 27-Sept. 4. According to a news release, the trade fair will again serve as a meeting point for the international RV and motorhome industry and provide an overview of the latest innovations and trends in this sector. In nine halls, Caravan Salon 2011 will present the world’s largest line-up for the “mobile vacation” sector. Officials reported... Read more

Sun Communities Inc. to Buy Florida RV Resort

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Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates 136 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, reported it plans to buy a 521-site RV community in Orange City, Fla. The company previously provided third-party management services to the community and has good working knowledge of the property, Sun stated in a news release announcing its first quarter financial results. The approximate purchase price is $6.5 million and, subject... Read more

GE’s Immelt Resigns from New York Fed Board

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General Electric Co. (GE) CEO Jeffrey Immelt resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s board of directors, citing “increased demands” on his time. Immelt, 55, stepped down effective March 9, the New York Fed said in a statement Thursday (April 28). He noted in his resignation letter to New York Fed President William C. Dudley that his other commitments include the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which he has led since January. Immelt had served as a regional bank... Read more

Draw-Tite to Sponsor Car No.40 at Richmond

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Draw-Tite will sponsor the No. 40 Chevrolet with driver Scott Wimmer in tonight’s BUBBA Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. The Richmond race coincides with the launch of Draw-Tite’s most recent website addition, “We are pleased to be able to support the Key Motorsports team and look forward to a great race,” Tom Benson, Cequent Performance Products president, stated in a news release. Draw-Tite, part of... Read more

See Grins RV Moving to Second Site in Gilroy

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The boarded-up former Wal-Mart building in Gilroy, Calif., vacant for six years, will be home to a new RV dealership. See Grins RV, located in San Martin, will move its primary lot to the former Wal-Mart property at 7900 Arroyo Circle just north of the Gilroy Unified School District offices possibly by this summer, said dealership owner Randy Scianna, The Gilroy Dispatch reported. Scianna said the dealership would house 300 to 350 RVs as soon as June 24. The start date, however, would depend on his... Read more

Beggs Black Book Notes Used RV Values Rise

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Click here to watch the latest Specialty Market video from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. He covers RVs, heavy duty trucks, motorcycles/powersports and collectible cars. There is some interesting news to report: From January to February, the average values of used travel trailers and fifth-wheels sold at wholesale auction increased $559, and motorhomes went up $1093. From February to March travel trailers and fifth-wheels went up another $257, and motorhomes went up $957.  Read More →

Go RVing Coalition Reaffirms Hall Support

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RV Centenenial Celebration at the Hall of Fame in 2010 The Go RVing Coalition has reconfirmed its pledge to the RV/MH Hall of Fame (HOF) in Elkhart, Ind., giving the financially strapped facility a new life. The coalition has agreed to make its second quarter donation of $50,000, staving off, for now, the hall’s financial crisis, HOF officials told today (April 28). A letter from coalition members Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA),... Read more

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