Family-Run ArrKann Trailer ‘Focused on Growth’

October 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

As Sarah Friedenberg takes over ownership at ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, her eye is on growing the business started by her grandfather, which now boasts operations in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.  Growth and change have been part of the family’s business history, Friedenberg told She took over the reins this month when her father, Ken, stepped aside as general manager and joined the newly formed board of advisors. “We want to make sure there’s people who are smarter... Read more

Texas Dealer Wins Corvette in Thor’s Giveaway

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Kim Weir reacts to winning a Corvette in Thor giveaway When Kim Wier heard Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc., call out a name in the drawing for a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 17), she shrugged it off like roughly 2,000 other people who were there and whose names weren’t called.  But when that person didn’t show up to claim the prize in the middle of the Thor display for the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House, after a couple of minutes... Read more

Entegra Coach Growth Prompts Building Plans

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tadd Jenkins When Jayco Inc. announced a doubling of its manufacturing space last year for its Entegra Coach Class A motorhome operations, Jayco had anticipated at least a two, if not a three-year stay in the current facility, said Tadd Jenkins, president of the newly renamed Jayco Motorhome Group. “We didn’t make that,” he said. “The market is demanding more supply,” said Jenkins, whose Middlebury, Ind., firm yesterday (Aug. 20) announced the construction of a new facility for Entegra... Read more

Shasta Finds Retro Sweet Spot With Its Airflyte

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Shasta President Mark Lucas shows off the Airflyte. When Shasta RV decided to release a true-to-the-original update of the 1961 Airflyte, company leaders figured it would go over well. “I thought it would be popular, I thought there would be a lot of people who would think, ‘That’s cool,'” said Mark Lucas, president of the Forest River Inc. subsidiary. “We thought it would be good, but we never anticipated that it would do this. A lot of the people who are calling us retailwise... Read more

RV Caucus & RVIA Host Capitol Hill Campfires

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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, Click on “Investors,”... Read more

Power Breakfast: Round Table Hits Hot Issues

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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

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