Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc (LCI) announced the promotion of Marc Grimes to VP of towable chassis engineering, according to a press release.
Grimes, who has served on Lippert’s frame operations team for 13 years, graduated from Miami of Ohio with a bachelor’s in engineering. He will take the lead in frame engineering and design, structural analysis, finite element analysis (FEA) and product development, as well as leading the frame sales and audit teams he helped create.
His group will focus on creating better design solutions for LCI’s OEM customers by working closely with their engineering departments. Grimes will also focus on next generation frame designs and new frame features.
“This new team will develop the next generation of chassis products to maximize structural strength and use of materials, and minimize weight,” said Grimes. “Part of this process involves sitting down with our customers and working closely with each of them, offering more value in the way of design, testing and assistance with our customers’ design process. Our goal is to continue to offer customized efficient designs for each and every one of our customers.”
“Chassis have evolved significantly over the last 10 years,” said Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI. “Chassis design has historically been straightforward for the most part, but today there are complex storage solutions, turning radius designs, leveling systems, multiple slide-out rooms, integrated hitches and bike racks to name just a few. This growing complexity of the chassis makes it important for us to focus on where the future of chassis design is going, and Marc will help us get there.”
LCI currently produces over 250,000 frames per year. Just recently, LCI invested further in their research and development program by adding a rapid prototype machine, new testing equipment, and dedicated fabrication equipment to help bring new products to the market at the speed in which the RV industry moves.