Industrial Trailer OEM Brings Jobs to Michiana

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By the end of the year, Pratt Industries hopes to be fully operational at their new manufacturing plant in southwest Michigan’s Niles Township, which could bring 400 jobs to the area. ABC 57, South Bend, Ind., reported that the company is not involved in the RV industry, building large, industrial trailers for the transport of non-traditional loads such as building trusses and wind turbine blades. “There’s some future and some hope now; so, we hope everybody makes out good on this whole,”... Read more

Yellowstone Bull Dog Tames Harsh Conditions

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Gulf Stream's Bull Dog travel trailer Gulf Stream Coach Inc. affiliate Yellowstone RV, Nappanee Ind., announced the release of the Bull Dog line of “ruggedized” all-season travel trailers designed to provide secure, comfortable living accommodations for people who work in remote locations and extreme environments. Initially developed for field workers in the oil drilling and pipeline construction industries, the Bull Dog serves as a work-ready outpost for anyone who needs housing that can... Read more

Icon Direct AeroShield Improves Fuel Economy

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Manitoba, Canada-based aftermarket parts supplier Icon Direct introduced an aerodynamic wind deflector for RVs designed to improve fuel efficiency. According to a press release, the AeroShield is geared towards full-time and seasonal RV travelers, offering a no-drill installation and simple removal. The company said that users have reported 2-3 MPG increases in fuel economy while towing their travel trailers and fifth-wheels. The AeroShield is available for ordering on the Icon Direct website... Read more

AGS Donates Mobi Site to Benefit KOA Charity

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When the Texas KOA Owners Association invited the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) to attend their spring meeting, they got more than a briefing on TACO’s marketing and government affairs services and other member benefits for campgrounds. According to a news release, TACO executive director and CEO Brian Schaeffer also presented the group with a donation of a free mobi site from AGS. The donation was auctioned off with proceeds donated to KOA Care Camps, the non-profit charity that... Read more

Wyoming Park Owner Appeals Park Model Ban

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After spending nearly two years trying to work with Teton County staff in northwest Wyoming to bring recreational park trailers onto his property, Buffalo Valley RV Resort Owner Harry Washut is taking a different approach. On Thursday (April 26), attorneys representing Washut filed an appeal — hundreds of pages delivered in a box to the county clerk’s office — challenging the county’s ability to prevent him from bringing park models onto his campground, the Jackson Hole Daily reported. Representing... Read more

Jayco Touts Results of Sustainability Program

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Jayco Inc. announced the initial results from its industry-leading EcoAdvantage sustainability program — the company’s long-term commitment to environmentally-sensitive use of resources. According to a press release, through the companywide sustainability initiative Jayco and its three operating divisions – Jayco Inc., Starcraft RV Inc. and Entegra Coach Inc. – are “creating better ways to build better RVs using fewer or renewable natural resources.” The EcoAdvantage... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Sputters in March

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Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, suggesting some are worried that their paychecks aren’t growing fast enough. The Commerce Department said today (April 30) that consumer spending increased just 0.3% last month after a 0.9% gain in February, The Associated Press reported. Income grew 0.4% following a 0.3% gain in February. But after-tax income when adjusted for inflation increased just 0.2% in March. The gain followed two months of declines. Consumer spending, which accounts... Read more

Sonny’s RV Opens up North Carolina Location

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South Carolina-based Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel recently opened a new dealership in Concord, N.C, located in the heart of “NASCAR Country” just off I-85. Featuring a 7,600-square-foot facility situated on 11 acres in Concord, Sonny’s new outlet includes 3.5 acres of fenced-in display space with a free dump station. According to the Sales Manager TJ Paulin, “Our website presence and social media marketing really helped get the dealership up and running, and provided a quick customer... Read more

Fleetwood Launches Military Savings Program

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Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV Inc. announced an exclusive Military Savings Program available from April 28–May 31. According to a press release, the initiative offers active duty military and veterans a manufacturer’s rebate of up to $5,000 on the purchase of an eligible model year 2012 and older new, unused and unregistered Fleetwood or American Coach motorhomes. “We’re proud to be able to salute our U.S. military and provide this savings for military members and their families,”... Read more

Good Sam Showcased on Celebrity Apprentice

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Good Sam CEO Marcus Lemonis (right) meets with some of the celebrity contestants. Editor’s Note: Good Sam got plenty of air time Sunday night (April 29) on national TV as NBC’s popular “Celebrity Apprentice” contestants performed a task centered around the RVing icon. A summary of the show, courtesy of NBC, follows: Star Donald Trump introduced Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO for Good Sam Enterprises, the RV owner organization. Lemonis described the task: the celebrities must write a... Read more

Go RVing’s MLB Network Promo Hits the Road

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Wrapped Jayco motorhome used in MLB promotion The Go RVing and MLB Network “Home and Away Tour” is on the road with a specially-wrapped Jayco Inc. motorhome serving as a touring studio broadcasting features during the MLB Network Game of the Week from ballparks across the nation, according to a press release. Through this special promotion, negotiated as a value-added element to Go RVing’s 2012 media buy with MLB Network, there will be on-air reports and interviews with players conducted both... Read more

Northpoint Finance Re-enters RV Marketplace

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Northpoint Commercial Finance LLC, a diversified non-auto inventory finance company, announced its re-entry into the recreational vehicle industry. According to a press release, Northpoint “presents manufacturers and dealers with an additional financing option.” The Company’s primary goal is to provide credit lines supported by competitive programs, a state of the art on-line management system and an “easy to do business with” approach. Dan Radley, president of Alpharetta, Ga.-based... Read more

VIDEO #1: Hundreds Attend Hall of Fame Show

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Editor’s Note: Today’s video is from WNDU, South Bend, Ind., offering a rundown of last weekend’s RV show at the Hall of Fame hosted by local dealers. Below is an accompanying story. More than 500 people stopped in Elkhart, Ind., for an RV Show over the weekend, signaling the industry is starting to turn around. WNDU TV reported that several Elkhart RV dealers hosted the event at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum Friday (April 27) through Sunday. “Things are starting to turn around,”... Read more

Daniels: Elkhart Example of Economy’s Revival

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Editor’s Note: To see an accompanying video from WSBT TV, South Bend, of the following story click here. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is applauding the RV industry for its comeback in Elkhart County. Daniels met with industry leaders Friday (April 27) to talk about jobs, productivity and the future of the industry so crucial to the local economy. Elkhart County was the poster child of the country’s recession. Today, Daniels says the RV industry and Elkhart County are examples of Indiana... Read more

Ind. Governor Touts Industry Comeback at Hall

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels addresses industry leaders at the RV/MH Hall of Fame with Doug Whyte, president-Americas, Dometic Corp., and Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Lippert Components, looking on. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels helped kick off a weekend dealer show at the RV/MH Hall of Fame on a high note Friday (April 27), proclaiming the industry was helping lead Indiana in its economic recovery. As reported by the Goshen News, Daniels met with executives of the recreational vehicle industry... Read more

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