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Jayco Inc. Donating $5,000 to ‘Learning Center’

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. advanced its giving to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center this month, adding $5,000 to its lifetime giving, for a total of $23,500. “For the RV Industry to continue to grow and prosper, education and training in all segments and all levels is necessary,” said Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager in a press release. “The Mike Molino RV Learning Center provides dealers that opportunity.” The gift puts Jayco in the top position for the Champion level of donor,... Read more

RVDA of BC Holds General Meeting/Fundraiser

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of British Columbia held its general meeting and 21st Annual Fundraiser at the Whistler Hilton/Whistler Golf Club in September. As reported in The RV Compass Fall issue, a publication produced by RVDA of Canada, the meeting included honoring Rodney Friesen, Voyager RV, Winfield, with the RVDA of BC 2014 Dealer of the Year Award. The organization also reported that donations gathered through live and silent auctions were presented to Canuck... Read more

Darrington Joins Fastway National Sales Team

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Darrington With both the RV and auto aftermarket industries experiencing the best year in sales since the recession, Fastway Trailer Products prepares for continued growth with the hiring of industry veteran Matt Darrington to its sales team. “Matt Darrington is a great fit for our company,” stated Rich Elliott, vice president of sales for Progress Mfg. Inc., maker of Fastway Trailer Products. “He has 10 years of experience in the RV and automotive aftermarket, focusing on high-end aluminum... Read more

FRVTA SuperShow to Feature ‘Wall That Heals’

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Wall That Heals honors Vietnam veterans The Wall That Heals exhibit, honoring Vietnam War veterans, will be on display to the public during the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow, January 14-18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. According to press release, the exhibit is a 250-foot replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C., that travels across America. “The Wall That Heals transcends the Vietnam War to help our great nation renew its relationship with veterans of all wars,” said... Read more

VIDEO 1: American Coach’s All-New Allegiance

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s video is the second in a series from RVBusiness offering a close-up look at key product introductions at the Louisville Show. Featured is Lenny Razo, director, American Coach, discussing the company’s revival of the Allegiance Class A motorhome. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Michelin Launching RV Tire Consumer Website

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Michelin North Americas RV Tires launched a new website, www.michelinrvtires.com, designed specifically for consumers that includes information on tire selection and maintenance for RVs, campers and motorhomes. According to a release, the new site is “customer-driven and mobile-friendly for easy on-the-go use.” “Michelin offers a long tradition of innovation, quality and durability. You can trust Michelin to provide RV tires that deliver excellent handling, wear and load control,”... Read more

Ivy Tech Revises Elkhart Training Center Plans

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Having enough workers with the skills needed to operate increasingly sophisticated machines and grasp efficiency concepts is important to diversifying the economy in Indiana’s Elkhart County, but there’s a more pressing immediate need as recreational vehicle makers hustle to meet booming demand. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the Ivy Tech Community College North Central/Northwest Chancellor Thomas Coley said employers in general are telling him they are more interested in a focus on “soft”... Read more

Hopkins Hires Rick Stempien to Oversee Sales

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Rick Stempien Emporia, Kan-based Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. announced the addition of Rick Stempien as vice president – sales. According to a press release, Stempien will lead and direct the sales activities for Hopkins with its leading market positions in the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarket. “We are pleased to have Rick join our team at Hopkins,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president and CEO of Hopkins.  “His extensive background in consumer products, sales management and... Read more

SSI: Class B Sales See 13% Growth for October

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Year-over-year Class B motorhome retail registrations gained 13% in October and 22.1% for the first 10 months of 2014, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. maintained its position as the top-selling manufacturer year-to-date with 34.9% of the Class B market, followed by Winnebago Industries Inc. (25.9%) and Thor Industries Inc. (23.2%). To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616)... Read more

Forest River Buys Skyline Plant in Hemet, Calif.

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Forest River Inc. has acquired the former Skyline RV facility in Hemet, Calif., according to a report by the Banning-Beaumont Patch. Forest River expects to begin producing recreational vehicle trailers in early 2015 at the new Hemet manufacturing plant. The facility, located on 18 acres, will serve as Forest River’s 67th national assembly plant and is expected to employ 200-300 people at full production. General Manager Ty Miller, who will be managing the new Hemet facility, noted, “Forest River... Read more

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