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RV Caucus & RVIA Host Capitol Hill Campfires

July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA brought an Airstream and a Winnebago to Capitol Hill to help educate members of the U.S. Congress July 23, 2014. When the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) leadership started to work with the members of the fledgling Congressional RV Caucus to create a formal “kickoff” event, they decided to go a little different route than the normal cocktail party with speakers at a podium. Instead, RVIA set up daytime tours of two RVs on Capitol Hill and an evening event featuring four... Read more

Sika Corp. Promotes Beth Nix In R&D Division

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sika Region NA Automotive and Target Market Industry announced the promotion of Beth Nix in research and development. Nix was promoted to senior technician, research and development, reporting to Julie Sherman, lab manager, research and development. Nix joined Sika in February 2008 as a technician for R&D. In this position over the past six years she has provided development and testing support for automotive and industry products and more recently has been focused on new product development... Read more

‘Lippert Interiors’ Expansion is in Full Swing

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Helicopters brought in A/C’s to new Lippert Interiors site Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) marked a major milestone today (July 21) in a move that has long-term implications for the company. The supplier hired a helicopter to install nine air-conditioning units on the roof of its new, 490,000-square-foot facility in Goshen, Ind. When the facility opens at the end of the fourth quarter, it will bring all operations of the Lippert Interiors division under one roof, Ryan Smith, vice president of... Read more

ESCAPE RV Catching Up After Major Launch

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dan George took an unusual path into the RV industry, but since the launch of Wisconsin-based ESCAPE RV late last year, he’s been amazed by the response to the company’s park model RVs. “I’ve been in the resort business for over 20 years and started using the architecture design you see in ESCAPE 20 years ago in stick-built buildings at a resort called Canoe Bay. We started to look at whether we could make the architecture available to people who fell in love with it,” said... Read more

Thor’s Tryka To Address Citi Conference Wed.

May 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced Jeff Tryka, Thor director of corporate development and investor relations, will present at the Citi 2014 Global Consumer Conference to be held at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City on Wednesday (May 28). The management presentation, which will include information on the operations of Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor, is scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be available via live webcast at the company’s website, thorindustries.com. Click on “Investors,”... Read more

Power Breakfast: Round Table Hits Hot Issues

May 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Round table participants at Power Breakfast At the RV Industry Power Breakfast Thursday (May 8), some of the top leaders in the RV industry – both manufacturers and suppliers – took the stage at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., for a round table discussion. Those leaders included RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert, a general manager at Forest River Inc.; Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc.; Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc.;... Read more

KOA’s Rogers: N.C. Resort Redefines Camping

May 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Opening ceremony at Cape Hatteras KOA Resort Sandy Rogers, wife of Jim Rogers, the CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), perfectly summed up the unique quality of the Cape Hatteras KOA Resort as she pushed a button on the ground floor of the large clubhouse: “How many campgrounds have elevators?” Answer: About as many as have a floor of suites upstairs from the front desk and camp store. Welcome to Cape Hatteras KOA Resort, the newest KOA property to adopt the KOA Resort brand, and the first... Read more

Large Companies Making Mark in RV Park Sector

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ELS owns Florida’s Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina Anyone who’s spent time in the campground and RV park industry has seen the trend of more and more outside companies getting interested in the industry, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management. Whether it’s hotel industry veterans starting a new RV park branding network (most recently Cruise Inn), hotel software companies coming into the industry with reservation and management software (most recently Frontdesk... Read more

NCA Reports Strong Turnout at 50th Conference

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA) golden anniversary celebration is off to a strong start in Sturbridge, Mass. There are 81 vendors packing the exhibit hall in the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center for the 50th Northeast Conference on Camping & Trade Show, and the aisles between them are packed. The show opened Thursday (March 20) and concludes Saturday. “If somebody comes to a northeast conference, they’ll come back,” Cyndy Zbierski told Woodall’s Campground... Read more

Global Caravan Introduces ‘CR-1 Carbon’ Trailer

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Global Caravan Technologies executives Harrison Ding (L) and Charles Hoefer in front of the CR-1 Carbon trailer Global Caravan Technologies (GCT) unveiled a prototype of its high-end carbon-fiber composite RV Thursday evening (March 6) in Speedway, Ind., the headquarters of the new company. Chairman and President Harrison Ding said the 35-foot CR-1 Carbon travel trailer, when it enters production, will bring a new option to the top end of the RV market. “We’re proud to be part of this industry.... Read more

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