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Winnebago Expansion Raises Focus on Towables

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Degnan In response to a sustained uptick in towable sales, Winnebago Industries Inc. recently announced plans for a $12-$13 million expansion on around 30 acres of acquired farmland adjacent to its operations in Middlebury, Ind., near the Michigan state line. “The bottom line is that we just outgrew our production facilities,” reported Scott Degnan, vice president and general manager, towables business, noting that Winnebago was currently operating in facilities acquired from Sunnybrook... Read more

Dolphin Motor Coach Expands; Adds 2nd Facility

March 6, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Dolphin Motor Coach President and CEO Darryl Connors (Photos by Tyler Klassen There’s an appreciable sense of pride as Darryl Connors strides through the Dolphin Motor Coach manufacturing facility. He stops on occasion and identifies the automotive grade craftsmanship that distinguishes the company’s fleet of Class B coaches — touches like ultraleather, double-stitched seats, a fade paint process on the exterior that transitions from pearl white to silver, residential-style vinyl plank flooring,... Read more

Annual Quartzsite RV Show Attracts Over 125,000

February 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A massive exhibit tent is erected every year at the Quartzsite Show All the preliminary signals pointed to another gangbuster Quartzsite RV Show, an annual event in Arizona’s scenic Sonora Desert that again backed its claim as “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.” “When we first got to Quartzsite, we noticed an influx of early arrivals, which was confirmed by many local businesses,” said Kenny King, who has overseen the show since its inception in 1984. “That’s... Read more

Chinook Acquiring Towable OEM Vohne Liche Mfg.

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jerry Sell (right) with Vohne Liche Mfg. owner Ken Licklider Complementing its growing line of Class B motorhomes, Chinook Motorcoach (CMC) announced today (Feb. 2) it will be acquiring certain assets of Peru, Ind.-based towable builder Vohne Liche Manufacturing (VLM). David Murray, COO for Chinook, told RVBUSINESS.com that the deal should be finalized by the end of February. Vohne Liche, which operated until last year as Riverside Travel Trailers, was founded in 2009 by President Kenneth... Read more

Masses Converge on Annual Quartzsite RV Show

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial view of Quartzsite RV Show The horde has again descended on Quartzsite, Ariz., a former gold mining town that annually hosts what is commonly billed as the “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.” The nine-day Quartzsite RV Show, which closes out on Sunday (Jan. 28), is back to “the good old days,” according to Curt Curtis, owner of multilocation dealer Paul Evert’s RV which has served as the show’s exclusive dealer since 2000. “The traffic is unbelievable,”... Read more

Arrow’s Show is Well Attended, Posts Strong Sales

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers hit the floor at Arrow Distributing Showcase Arrow Distributing Inc. again delivered a diverse and engaging format to attendees during the distributor’s signature Exhibitor’s Showcase held Jan. 16-17 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa’s in Biloxi, Miss. “We want to provide dealers with a show that offers an educational component while also giving them a comfortable environment to network and renew old relationships,” said Andy Mullin, who serves as vice president for the privately-owned... Read more

Bill Fenech Launches Pontoon Maker Barletta Boat

January 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Barletta Boat Co. president, co-owner and managing partner Bill Fenech talks to dealers at a recent boat show The industry, and the cast of players, are new to Bill Fenech, but as he began laying the groundwork and putting together the pieces for the recent launch of pontoon builder Barletta Boat Co. LLC he discovered plenty of common ground. “There really aren’t any two products that are more similar than pontoons and RVs,” said Fenech, who was instrumental in the formation and rapid success... Read more

Kenny King Drives ‘Quartzsite’ RV Show’s Growth

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of 2017 Quartzsite Show Even Kenny King, the acknowledged architect behind the annual late January phenomenon, is unsure how the Quartzsite RV Show snowballed into what purportedly is the largest gathering of RVers in the nation. “There’s really no way to get an accurate count,” said King, who estimated he’s been involved in the RV industry “in some aspect” for 50-plus years, originally supplying fabric to RV awning makers. “We use 100,000 to 150,000 as our attendance... Read more

Winnebago Will Release 1Q Financials on Dec. 20

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. plans to issue its earnings release for its first quarter of fiscal 2018 before the market opens on Dec. 20.  The Company will also host a conference call to discuss the financial results for the quarter at 9 a.m. CST.  All interested parties are invited to listen live via the company’s website, http://investor.wgo.net. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days. To access the replay, click on http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=85260&p=irol-audioarchives.  Read More →

VIDEO 1: RVIA Revisits Louisville 2016 Highlights

November 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Revisit the 2016 National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., in a video produced by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Total attendance for the  four-day event was pegged at 7,674 people, according to RVIA, and business activity on the show floor was said to be robust as exhibitors reported strong sales and an optimistic outlook among attendees. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page... Read more

Startup Braxton Creek RV Touting a New Mindset

November 16, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Braxton Creek management team including (front row from left): Kent Yoder, secretary/treasurer; David Geiger, chairman; Marvin Metzler, president. Second row: Don Dorton, vice president of sales and marketing and Director Craig Detweiler. (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) The formidable team first sat down to the table in January, mapping out the details and formulating the skeleton for the rollout of Braxton Creek RV LLC, a towable builder intent on “filling a void” in the entry-level, stick-and-tin... Read more

RV Industry Drives New Elkhart Boys & Girls Club

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeannelle and Brian Brady (C, R) with Jeanelle’s mother, Mary Naquin (L) The launch of the Elkhart Boys and Girls Club was officially ushered in Wednesday (Nov. 1) afternoon as around 280 people gathered for a grand opening ceremony held at the new facility built alongside Beardsley Elementary School. The $6.2 million multifacility project, which became a major fundraising project for the local RV community, represents a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart and the... Read more

IMHA-RVIC Annual Meeting Touts Industry Gains

October 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

French Lick Resort hosted the IMHA-RVIC annual meeting Convening on the historic grounds of the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest, the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) hosted 62 members on Oct. 19 for the organization’s annual meeting. Designed to bring membership up-to-date on the overall health of the sister industries along with advancements in IMHA-RVIC’s agenda to promote and protect their interests in... Read more

RVIA’s Outdoor Lifestyle Pavilion Ups KEC Space

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA Show will occupy over 1 million square feet in Kentucky Exposition Center While incorporating new elements and programs that move beyond the National RV Trade Show’s traditional role as a key buying/selling platform, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has also expanded the footprint for the Nov. 27-30 event, occupying over 1 million square feet in Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center — the highest total since the prerecession years. “The square footage certainly speaks... Read more

REV Issues Price on Offering of Secondary Stock

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Group Inc. announced the public offering pricing price of 10 million shares of common stock by certain selling stockholders as $27.25 per share. According to a press release, the selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 1.5 million additional shares of common stock. REV Group is not selling any shares of common stock in the offering, and REV Group will not receive any proceeds from the offering by the selling stockholders. The offering is expected to... Read more

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