United Shade Adding New Equipment, Workers
United Shade, an affiliate of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp., is rolling in new equipment to help meet growing demand from RV manufacturers for two of its roller shade products.
In another indication of an improving RV market and market share growth, the company also continues to add personnel dedicated to roller shade production.
According to a press release, the new machinery includes CNC automated fabric cutting equipment that more than doubles current capabilities. New CNC automated heat sealing equipment has already doubled current sealing capacity.
“We are very pleased with the acceptance of our SmartRise and SmartPower products,” said Braden McCormick, president of United Shade. “This confirms that we have offered a product with the right features, price point and convenience. We are very excited about the positive momentum we have created, and the investment we’ve just made in this equipment should give a real boost to our manufacturing capacity and our ability to meet current and future industry needs.”
Product lines include SmartRise roller shades, which provide cordless lifting options for different kinds of day and day-night configurations. The company’s SmartPower roller shades feature advanced materials, components, motors and installation systems to provide push-button shade control from either a wall switch, remote control or key fob.
“It appears we’ve delivered what RV manufacturers are looking for in terms of shade innovation,” said McCormick. “Now we want our manufacturing partners to understand that we’re committed to making the investments needed to deliver for their production schedules as well.”
United Shade’s products also offer several residential-style features, including multiple light blocking and light filtering options, and convenient cordless operation.