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Clark Wins Ohio Valley EY Entrepreneur Award

June 29, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Don Clark Don Clark, president of Grand Design Recreation Vehicles LLC in Middlebury, Ind., has won the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the Hospitality and Leisure category in the Ohio Valley Region. (To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Clark and other regional winners move on to a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala Nov. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif. In his acceptance speech, Clark, who co-owns Grand Design with brothers... Read more

SLIDESHOW: MARVAC Honors Retiring DeWitt

June 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim DeWitt, who will retire June 30 after 39 years with the Michigan Association of RVs & Campgrounds (MARVAC), was honored during a reception Monday (June 13) night following the group’s 21st Annual HARVEST Golf Outing at the Mystic Creek golf course in Milford, Mich. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). About 200 people attended the retirement party for DeWitt, who will hand over his executive director duties to Bill Sheffer at the end of this... Read more

RVIA Committee Week ’16 Heads to Capitol Hill

June 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Winnebago Marketing Director Chad Reece, BJ Thompson, Ernst Legislative Director Ryan Berger and Winnebago President and CEO Mike Happe After a busy Tuesday (June 7) that saw the completion of committee meetings and the unveiling of the “RVs Move America Economic Impact Study,” the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016 – a five-day event held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. – now focuses on legislative matters as members participate in Capitol... Read more

RVIA Economic Study Shows RVs Move America

June 7, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

“RVs Move America,” the first-ever economic impact study of the recreation vehicle industry, revealed the RV industry contributed $49.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015, and provided 289,852 full-time jobs to American workers. Results of the study were released today (June 7) at a news conference in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016. Calling it “a critical tool that we need to prove our strength as an economic engine,”... Read more

RVIA ‘Committee Week’ Gets Underway in D.C.

June 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016 got underway today at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the five-day event, the association’s standing committees, the Executive Committee and the board of directors will meet to review the organization’s strategic plan and set the association’s agenda for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will also meet on June 6. One of the committees that met for nearly four hours this morning was... Read more

Obama Touts Policies & Performance in Elkhart

June 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama addresses crowd at Concord High School in Elkhart President Barack Obama on Wednesday (June 1) returned to the northern Indiana RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind. – his third visit after having appeared there as a presidential candidate and newly elected chief executive – to tout the performance of his administration’s economic policies and overall efforts to help shepherd the nation out of the Great Recession. Obama, in the homestretch of his presidency, also took some good-natured... Read more

The BUZZ: Don Clark on Grand Design Growth

May 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Clark The growth rate of Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. is difficult to ignore. In a little more than three-and-a-half years, the Middlebury, Ind.-based towable manufacturer – started by former Keystone RV Co. executives Don Clark and brothers Bill and Ron Fenech – has grown from a startup to a thriving business that welcomed Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to its complex for a May groundbreaking ceremony commemorating an $11 million expansion project that includes... Read more

Adventures Northwest is Top Airstream Dealer

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Adventures Northwest celebrates Top Dealer Award Airstream Adventures Northwest was the big winner Wednesday (May 25) night as the Jackson Center, Ohio-based manufacturer honored its top dealers during an awards banquet as part of its 2016 Dealer Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). The meeting, which also included the introduction of Airstream’s 2017 models and several new dealer programs, wraps up today with... Read more

Airstream’s ’16 Dealer Meeting Gets Underway

May 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

About 150 people attending the May 24-26 Airstream Dealer Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, enjoyed a reception and dinner, sponsored by Ally Financial, Tuesday (May 24) evening at the Franklin Park Observatory on the grounds of the Columbus Botanical Gardens. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Prior to dinner, Airstream President Bob Wheeler and Vice President of Sales Justin Humphreys welcomed everyone to Columbus and hinted at exciting new product that... Read more

VIDEO 1: Tin Can Tourists Rally Outside Detroit

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tin Can Tourists, the vintage RV owners group that can trace its roots back to 1919, participated in the 19th Annual Official TCT Gathering May 19-22 at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Mich. Forrest Bone, credited with reviving the group in 1998 after a 14-year period of dormancy, took time during the rally to discuss the origins of Tin Can Tourists and the appeal of vintage RVs with RVBUSINESS.com. To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

The BUZZ: Kerola Group Revives Hi-Lo Brand

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In reintroducing the Hi-Lo brand to the North American recreational vehicle marketplace, William “Bill” Kerola, owner and president of The Kerola Group, said his company plans to sell Hi-Lo Trailers directly to consumers for the time being. But he said the company is still considering whether to develop a dealer base for the iconic telescoping towable that traces its roots back to 1956. The Kerola Group, which in 2014 acquired the trademark, designs and intellectual property for the Hi-Lo trailer,... Read more

RVIA NHTSA Seminar is Available on YouTube

May 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The NHTSA reporting seminar, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Standards Department on May 4 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., is now available on YouTube. To view the series of videos click here. The seminar, which drew over 300 people, was designed to offer an overview on NHTSA and its major processes that affect the RV industry. In addition, the goals were to educate industry suppliers and OEMs about critical federal reporting requirements and best practices... Read more

Grand Design RV Hosts Pence for Dedication

May 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. welcomed Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to its Middlebury, Ind., complex today (May 12) for a ground-breaking ceremony commemorating the construction of two 110,000-square-foot buildings.  This was the second time the governor has visited Grand Design for such an occasion, and he took the opportunity to salute Don Clark, his partners Ron and Bill Fenech, plus the three-year-old company’s 800-plus employees for having grown so quickly.... Read more

MARVAC Event to Honor Retiring Tim DeWitt

May 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim DeWitt A reception to honor Tim DeWitt, who will retire as the longtime executive director of the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC), will take place June 13 following the 21st annual HARVEST Golf Outing June 13 at the Mystic Creek golf course in Milford, Mich. In addition, MARVAC recently launched its new website, developed with VP Demand Creation of Traverse City, Mich., which also produced the association’s campground directory with a similar design and style. DeWitt began... Read more

Q&A: Woodbury Rolls out New RVTravel.com

May 6, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Chuck Woodbury RVTravel.com, one of the leading sources for RV consumer news and information, recently debuted a revamped website – the latest step in a significant transformation for the 17-year-old company that at one time was selling about a $1 million worth of books, buying guides and other RV-related publications to consumers. Chuck Woodbury, editor and publisher of RVTravel.com, said the company had to shift its business model after people stopped buying books, instead opting for the immediacy... Read more

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