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LCI Appointing Ron Fenech to Board of Directors

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ron Fenech LCI Industries announced the appointment of Ronald Fenech to the company’s board of directors as an additional independent director. Fenech will also serve on the board’s corporate governance and nominating committee.  According to a release, Fenech, 60, co-founded Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. in 2012, a fast-growing manufacturer of towable RVs that was acquired in 2016 by Winnebago Industries Inc. Prior to forming Grand Design, he held several executive... Read more

Goshen Redevelopment Considers New TIF Zone

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A new tax increment finance district proposed for Dierdorff Road could draw from $20 million in new assessed value, the Goshen Redevelopment Commission heard Tuesday (Nov. 16). The Elkhart Truth reported that the district, tentatively called the Dierdorff Economic Development Area, would include a proposed hotel to the north and proposed assisted living facility to the south. It would be smaller than neighboring TIFs, at roughly one half-mile by one half-mile square, minus the Keystone... Read more

Truma Will Host ‘Christkindlmarkt’ Party at RVIA

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Exhibiting for the fifth year at the upcoming National RV Trade show in Louisville, Ky., Truma will feature a new look highlighting the Truma AquaGo instant water heater and accessories along with the Truma Combi and Truma LevelCheck. The Truma booth will again be transformed for its annual Christkindlmarkt celebration on Nov. 29 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. “This year’s Christkindlmarkt celebration will have an open house feel to it, so come and go as you wish and enjoy an endless supply of... Read more

Lippert Earns Trailblazer Award from Salesforce

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that the company was awarded the Trailblazer award for Growth at the 2017 Dreamforce conference held Nov. 6-9 in San Francisco, Calif. Dreamforce, an annual conference hosted by Salesforce, brings together Salesforce users, customers and vendors, for a weeklong networking and educational conference. According to a press release, a total of five Trailblazer awards were awarded in five categories: innovation, growth, trust, equality and inspirational.... Read more

‘RV Products’ Promoting Gehlen to Product Mgr.

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David Gehlen RV Products, a division of Airxcel Inc. and manufacturer of Coleman-Mach air conditioners and Maxxair ventilation products, announced the promotion of David Gehlen to product manager. According to a press release, Gehlen has been with RV Products for more than 20 years in various engineering and product development roles. In his new role, Gehlen will work closely with OEM product managers and design teams to develop new, innovative AC and ventilation solutions. Rob Leach, RV Products’... Read more

Newmar Names ASA as a ‘Distinguished Vendor’

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Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics has been recognized as a 2017 distinguished vendor of the year by Newmar Corp. Newmar works with over 600 vendors and this year ASA Electronics was one of only 64 to receive this distinction. Newmar utilizes internal surveys and a points system to rank the performance of their suppliers in several categories and departments. To earn the Certificate of Excellence and ranking as a distinguished vendor, suppliers must earn a minimum score of 215 out of a possible... Read more

Intellitec Products Intros New ‘Command Center’

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Intellitec Products LLC will introduce the Command Center convenience panel at the upcoming National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the Command Center is a cutting-edge approach to the convenience panel that has been used in the RV market for many years. Command Center uses the latest in capacitive touch technology and OLED displays to show the condition of the batteries and tanks. Chad Friesner of Intellitec states “Command Center replaces the... Read more

Thor Garners National ‘Revitalize America Award’

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Thor’s Rick Schutt accepts the Revitalize America Award in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has recognized Thor Industries Inc. as a national leader in job growth and community development by presenting them with the first “Revitalize America Award.” Thor, one of three national businesses receiving the award, represents the mid-sized community tier. Helping its region earn the title “RV Capital of The World,” Thor is a primary contributor to Elkhart... Read more

SSI: Class B Sales Enjoy 29.1% Rise for 9 Months

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Class B sales continued to climb as overall registrations during the first nine  months of 2017 jumped 29.1%. Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through September with a 35.1% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (30.1%) and Thor Industries Inc. (16.5%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).  Read More →

Meyer Distributing CEO Braun Seeks Ind. Senate

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Mike Braun In what’s been largely characterized as a contest between two Republican members of Congress, Meyer Distributing Inc. CEO Mike Braun has made the first statewide TV and radio buys in the Indiana Senate primary. Roll Call reported that former state Rep. Mike Braun’s $329,000 three-week radio and TV buy signals he’s making this a three-person race. He announced his campaign in August.  The TV ad will air in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend broadcast media... Read more

Prime Time’s Crusader Continuing to Build Sales

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. reported that its Prime Time Manufacturing Crusader fifth-wheel line has continued its strong growth, gaining more than 18% in retail sales volume in the U.S. through August, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. “From the beginning, Prime Time has focused on delivering a fifth-wheel lineup that looks great aesthetically with lots of features customers love. More importantly, though, our business model is extremely dealer-centric and we’ve made... Read more

Starcraft will Debut Lightweight Telluride at RVIA

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Starcraft RV will introduce the Telluride towable series at the upcoming National RV Trade Show trade show in Louisville, Ky., adding a lighter-weight, more affordable fifth-wheel line to the lineup.   According to a press release, the Telluride targets the ever-expanding lighter-duty tow vehicle market, offering a lower price point while featuring a variety of standard features normally normally reserved for higher-priced units. Standard features include: Residential... Read more

NYT: ‘Walmart’ Offering Convenient RV Stopover

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As night falls, the motels and RV parks along America’s highways begin to fill up with travelers needing a place for the night. But, according to a New York Times report, to untold thousands of motorists each year — some with a sense of adventure, others looking to save a buck, still more with no other place to go — Walmart is often a willing host for overnight guests. “It’s not pretty: no pine trees, no bubbling brook, no ocean beach,” Chuck Woodbury, the editor of RVTravel.com, said... Read more

Reese Rolls Out Innovative M5 Fifth-Wheel Hitch

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Reese has introduced the M5, a new fifth-wheel hitch that features the exclusive ready-to-receive patent-pending Talon jaw system. According to a press release, the M5 offers several benefits for RVers, including a tow/no tow indicator, shock-dampening system, and an ergonomic, easy-to-reach handle. Tighter tolerances provide less noise, less chucking and an overall solid connection. Additionally, the M5’s fully articulating head, which boasts 20% more landing area, aids towers... Read more

Dometic Showing New 9200 Awning at Louisville

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Dometic will be showcasing its all-new 9200 awning during the upcoming National RV Trade Show, set to run Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Lousiville, Ky. According to a press release, the awing will be on display at Dometic’s exhibit in Booth No. 157.   The Dometic 9200 Series Power Awning is convenient, quick and easy to install, and offers one-touch operation. The awning also features the all-new “sleek and powerful WhisperDrive motor,” the release stated.     The... Read more

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