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ATC Grows Toy Hauler Line with New Fifth-Wheel

February 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ATC’s Dale Davis walks through the company’s new toy hauler with dealers Nappanee, Ind.-based Aluminum Trailer Co. (ATC) continued to increase its presence in the growing toy hauler market with the unveiling of a 40-foot, all-aluminum ARV40 fifth-wheel prototype during two private dealer open houses in February at the company’s new 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. According to Dale Davis, head of sales for the ATC toy hauler division, the company... Read more

Jayco Marks 50th Year With ’50 Acts of Kindness’

February 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Chairman Wilbur Bontrager addresses media Jayco Inc. is marking its 50th year in business this week by paying back the communities where it operates with “50 Acts of Kindness.” The initiative opened Monday (Feb. 19) and concludes today in the towns of Middlebury, Ind., home to Jayco’s headquarters and expansive manufacturing complex, along with Topeka, Ind., Shipshewana, Ind., and Twin Falls, Idaho, where the company recently announced a major expansion that will add... Read more

Cody Talbert Upgrades Technology; Grows in SE

February 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Plant City, Fla.-based Cody Talbert Distribution LLC has expanded as an independent supplier of parts and accessories to RV dealers, service centers and towing outlets across the southeastern U.S. Officials noted that the new expansion and reformation of the company was spurred by the sale of a key customer, Camping Connection, to Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) in November of 2016. According to former NTP-STAG executive Mark Jenson, who took over the helm of the company as president in... Read more

Steve Plemmons Finds 2nd Career with Aussie Co.

February 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Plemmons Sometimes reinventing oneself is what semi-retirement is all about. Take, for example, the case of Steve Plemmons. The 63-year-old, second generation owner of Bill Plemmons RV World passed the baton of management to a third generation and is now working with Australian-based Dynamic Suspensions. A fixture in the Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C., RV market since 1951, Bill Plemmons RV continues to dominate the area’s RV sales while again garnering recognition this past year as... Read more

Robert Weed Rebranding as Firm Evolves, Grows

January 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Weed Chief Revenue Officer Will Weed and President and CEO David Weed A mainstay on the supply side of the RV industry since 1966, Robert Weed Plywood Corp. has been rebranded as Robert Weed Corp. According to Will Weed, chief revenue officer, the new corporate name recognizes the diversification of materials the company supplies to RV OEMs and the new “customized service” supply chain support it provides. “First and foremost we have alleviated ourselves of the word plywood from... Read more

OEMs Report Strong Numbers Out of Tampa Show

January 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tampa Show enjoyed steady traffic throughout the five-day event Capitalizing on record attendance and a thriving economy, several manufacturers reported a decided uptick in sales and strong traffic throughout last week’s 33rd Annual Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.  The host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) revealed on Monday (Jan. 22) that attendance reached an all-time high with over 73,000 attendees... Read more

FRVTA SuperShow Posts Record-High Attendance

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FRVTA’s SuperShow enjoyed record attendance Riding the momentum of an RV industry experiencing a historic growth mode, organizers for the 33rd Annual 2018 Florida RV SuperShow reported record-high attendance for the Jan. 17-21 event at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. “The official number is 73,061 with some online ticket sales yet to come in,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “The economy and the industry are on such... Read more

CWRV Transport Hosts Women in Trucking Event

December 22, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

21 women drivers attended CWRV’s Women in Trucking event In an economy where there is a shortage of truck drivers, Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV Transport is empowering entrepreneurial women to become owner operators in the transportation business. CWRV Transport honored women drivers and their guests at a “Women in Trucking Day” luncheon Wednesday (Dec. 20) at its Nappanee Street facilities. The company, which is the dedicated RV transporter for all Camping World Inc. locations coast-to-coast,... Read more

Brown & Brown Touts RVDA Insurance Program

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Brown & Brown Insurance updated dealers and members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) about its RV Dealers Health Collective Purchasing Arrangement during a seminar at this year’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas The presentation offered members new ways to provide employee health benefits by leveraging the value of being in a collective. Angie Weilage, presenter for the program and a consultant for Brown & Brown, detailed the anticipated... Read more

ADEC Holding Raffle for Airstream ‘Bambi’ Trailer

November 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Bambi trailer donated to ADEC ADEC will be holding a raffle for a 2018 Airstream Bambi Sport RV to raise funds and celebrate its 65 years as a nonprofit serving and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Indiana’s Elkhart and St. Joseph counties The trailer was donated by Thor Industries Inc. and Airstream Inc. Additional sponsors include Industrial Finishes and Systems Inc. and the Vomela Companies which helped design and apply the custom... Read more

Oregon’s Premier RV Service Puts Fire Behind it

November 14, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Fire at Premier RV Services caused $8 million in damage A serious fire at Premier RV Services in Junction City, Ore., the morning of Nov. 6 that caused an estimated $8 million in damage was contained by multiple fire departments on the scene that day to a single 65,000 square-foot storage facility – a fact about which former co-founders Louie Courtemanche and Gary Obermire, both former Country Coach Inc. managers, are quite grateful today.   “The positive thing, if there is any, is... Read more

Thor Employees Pitch in on Elkhart Habitat Build

October 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Thor General Council Todd Woelfer, Chairman Peter Orthwein and President and CEO Bob Martin participated in Thursday’s Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County build for a local family Over 50 Thor Industries Inc. employees gathered Thursday morning (Oct. 26) at the company’s headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., to begin construction of a Habitat for Humanity home for a local family in need. The Thor crew worked split, two-hour shifts all day to complete the construction of the interior... Read more

FCCC Gives Foghat a ‘Slow Ride’ on Custom Bus

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

FCCC personnel with rockers from Foghat Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) collaborated with the rock band Foghat on a three-city promotional tour through Mississippi and Texas that culminated with a concert on Sunday (Oct. 22). The company reported that the band was provided with a 47-foot Caio luxury touring bus built on a FCCC bus chassis for its 10-day tour, as the rock group performed concerts in Laurel, Miss., Longview, Texas and The Woodlands, Texas. Foghat is known for several... Read more

Sys2K Teams with CoreLogic on Credit Software

October 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Sys2K, a provider of dealership management software, has teamed with CoreLogic to help streamline the ordering and delivery of credit reports and risk mitigation solutions to the automotive, RV, marine, and powersports industries. According to a press release, the planned integration will allow dealerships to efficiently access CoreLogic Credco products and solutions via Sys2K.  “I am pleased to announce our relationship with CoreLogic Credco, a leader in... Read more

Two Event Centers Open to Serve Elkhart County

October 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

New Center Six One Five event facility Two new event centers, the Center Six One Five and The Omega Event Center, have opened their doors offering two key venues for hosting Elkhart County business and social gatherings. The Center Six One Five, located at County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart, opened this June behind the vision of Kim and Gary Price. The two formerly owned Superior Space on County Road 113 where they rented storage for RVs, motorhomes and boats. “When... Read more

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