RVIA’s Redfern Promoted, Replacing Morrison

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Karen Redfern The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced that Karen Redfern has been promoted to senior director of marketing communications. “After Chris Morrison’s retirement in May, Karen has taken on increased responsibility for the marketing communications efforts for RVIA and, more prominently, the Go RVing program,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Working alongside RVIA Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations James Ashurst and other team members,... Read more

RV Painting Firm is Rolling as Industry Grows

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Mike Leman is looking for a few good men and women. As reported by The Elkhart (Ind.) Truth, Leman is looking to double the work force of about 100 while rolling out two expansions between now and mid-April at Carrera Custom Painting Inc., a company acquired by Bremen-based Precision Painting Inc. in late 2011. “This RV business, it’s either up or down,” Leman, a partner at Precision, said as many of Carrera’s workers prepared and painted recreational vehicles at the company’s facility... Read more

LOOK Trailers Everlite Reaches 500 Units Sold

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Everlite cargo trailer by LOOK Bristol, Ind.-based LOOK Trailers announced that its Everlite cargo trailer brand has sold 500 units at retail, according to a press release. The company reported that Everlite offers a complete line of aluminum open utility, ATV, car, snowmobile and motorcycle trailers. Trailers are available for distribution at four plants nationwide including facilities in Indiana, Georgia, Utah and Arizona. The Everlite brand was launched in response to consumer demands for low... Read more

Cummins Inc. Tops List of 25 Best Companies

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Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker Cummins Inc. topped the list of the 25 Best Companies in America compiled by The Motley Fool, a leading website for investors. According to a press release, more than 1,700 publicly-traded companies were put through a rigorous process of analysis by The Motley Fool. Each company was evaluated for its success in serving investors, customers, employees, and the world at large. The 25 highest-rated companies included well-known consumer names and tech companies... Read more

Progress Mfg. Earns NTP Top Vendor Award

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Raymond Padgett of NTP (L) presents Top Vendor Award to Rich Elliott, sales manager at Progress Mfg. Inc. For the fourth consecutive year, Progress Manufacturing Inc. received the Top Vendor Award from NTP Distribution Inc., presented during NTP’s 2013 National Dealer Conference in San Diego. “We are honored to receive this award again,” stated Rich Elliott, sales manager at Progress Manufacturing, in a press release. “This award is recognition of the continued investment we make in building... Read more

VIDEO 1: RVDA of Canada Chairman Ian Moore

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This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” features an interview with Ian Moore, president and owner of Big Boy’s Toys Ltd. in Nanoose Bay, B.C., and chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.  Read More →

CWI No. 1 in Motorized, Towable Sales in 2012

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For the eighth consecutive year Camping World RV Sales was ranked as America’s No. 1 seller of towable and motorized RVs by Statistical Surveys Inc. for 2012. “Our 2012 award indicates we continue to head in the right direction with a solid foundation and business plan in place,” said Roger Nuttall, president of Camping World Retail Group. “While we are pleased with our results, we are looking forward to continued sales improvement and are excited about our opportunity for... Read more

TriMas OKs Selling of 1.5 Million Stock Shares

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TriMas Corp. announced that Heartland Industrial Associates LLC. has agreed to sell 1.5 million shares of its common stock to Goldman, Sachs & Co. as the sole underwriter in the registered public offering of those shares. All net proceeds from the sale of the common stock will be received by the selling stockholder. TriMas Corp. will not receive any of the proceeds. The total number of outstanding shares of TriMas Corp.’s common stock will not change as a result of this offering,... Read more

Elkhart Co. Suppliers Expand to Meet Demand

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in a special Business & Industry Magazine published by The Elkhart Truth, which serves the RV industry’s hub in Indiana’s Elkhart County. To read the entire article click here. Many started as suppliers dedicated only to the recreational vehicle industry. Others simply reached over to Elkhart County, extending their already growing business. RV suppliers are diverse and they’re also growing in Elkhart County, bringing... Read more

Black Book Updates Will be Released Monthly

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Black Book announced it now offers regular monthly valuation and pricing updates for old cars and vehicles in the specialty markets, including: collectible, exotic, and highline cars; motorcycles and power sports; recreational vehicles; and medium and heavy duty trucks. According to a press release, Black Book is the only publisher of old car and specialty market valuations each month for mobile, data source and Internet suite products, helping remarketers, dealers and lenders make more accurate... Read more

GLRVA Donating $10K for RV Learning Center

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The Great Lakes Recreation Vehicle Association (GLRVA) donated $10,000 to the RV Learning Center, an educational institution serving RV dealers and staff. According to a press release, the annual fundraising campaign allows investment in new technology to keep learning affordable, flexible and relevant. Fundraising for 2013 began during the Convention/Expo and continues through June. “It’s great to see the state RV associations continuing to invest in and promote education for our industry,”... Read more

Park Service Identifying Initial Operating Cuts

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National parks across the country have begun to release specific information on the upcoming sequestration, in an effort to warn families planning vacations, community members who depend on the parks for income, and park employees to brace for the impact, reported. Parks affected include: Blue Ridge Parkway will cut 21 seasonal interpretive ranger programs, resulting in the closure of 50% of its visitor centers and contact stations. Eliminating seven stations will put 80 miles between... Read more

Grand Design RV Touts ‘New Business Model’

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Ron Fenech (forefront) outlines plans for Grand Design RV with partners (L-R) Bill Fenech and Don Clark during last year's Louisville Show Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in a special Business & Industry Magazine published by The Elkhart Truth, based in the RV industry’s hub in Indiana’s Elkhart County. To read the entire article click here. A group of local RV industry veterans is betting their reputations, their time and their money... Read more

Navistar Initiating Rebates on ’12, ’13 Coaches

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Navistar RV LLC, a subsidiary of Navistar International Corp., launched one of their most aggressive sales promotions in recent years to move Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach motorhomes in dealer inventory and make room for their new model year units. “The ‘Big Payback Sales Event’ promotion is great for everyone,” said Mike Snell, vice president sales, in a press release. “The dealers have a factory-sponsored promotion to assist with moving older model years out... Read more

Smaller Van Platform Gaining Strength in U.S.

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2014 Ford Transit Connect With the recent debut of the new Ram ProMaster, much of the focus in the van market has been on the full-size models and their studio apartment-sized cargo areas. But, according to a report by Truck Trend, not all businesses have the need for that much cargo capacity. Many have needs that are greater than the typical small or midsize SUV, but not as big as a full-size van. Fortunately, there are several on the market that meet those hauling needs. The standard-bearer for... Read more

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