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ARI & CDK Offer DMS Capabilities for Websites

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CDK Global announced an integration and reseller agreement with ARI Network Services, Inc. to begin providing dealers with websites and enhanced integrations with Design Management System (DMS) capabilities in the RV, powersports and marine markets. This new offering allows dealers to instantly post unit inventory as well as available parts and accessories to their website directly from their CDK Lightspeed system. “The integration that dealers will have between their website and their Lightspeed... Read more

WFCO Launches Power Centers for Smaller RVs

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics announced the introduction of the WF-8700 series of power centers offering lower amperage to accommodate smaller RVs. Tom Ryan, WFCO vice president of sales and marketing, noted in a press release, “With outputs in the range of 12-, 25-, 35- and 40-amps, no other company can so effectively match the lower power needs of smaller RVs.” WF-8700 power centers also offer some of the same innovations found in WFCO’s higher-end power centers, such as: Small, lightweight, and... Read more

Keystone’s Dutchmen Unit Buys EverGreen Plant

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., a unit of Thor Industries Inc.’s Keystone RV Co. subsidiary, confirmed today (June 21) that the company will be expanding operations in Middlebury, Ind., with the purchase of a facility located near Dutchmen’s existing 92,000-square-foot plant on U.S. 20. Although Keystone’s management declined to elaborate, the newly acquired production facility, according to industry insiders, is in fact the former Lifestyle Luxury RV plant operated until recently by troubled... Read more

TRA Certification Awards ‘Eco-Friendly’ Building

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s trend toward becoming more eco-friendly has trickled down to the RV industry, with an Elkhart, Ind., company offering a Certified Green label for environmentally friendly models.  The Elkhart Truth reported that TRA Certification Inc. developed the new “green” certification in response to recreational vehicle models manufactured by Hollywood Trucks LLC in California. But the list of RV manufacturers with models qualifying for various green certifications includes several popular... Read more

Liberty Coach Grows Partnership With Emerald

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach’s year-old partnership with Emerald Luxury Coaches continues to grow, the company reported in a statement. “Emerald is unique in the Prevost space for a couple of reasons,” said Liberty Vice President  and Managing Partner Frank Konigseder Jr. “First, there’s the price. Because the Emerald is built on the X3 platform, it’s considerably less expensive – up to $1 million or even more – than comparable H3-45-based coaches. Emerald Luxury Coaches is an independent venture... Read more

UFPI Set to Acquire Wood, Components Supplier

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal Forest Products Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has an agreement to acquire Idaho Western Inc., a Nampa, Idaho-based distributor of products for building to the recreational vehicle industries and manufactured housing industries. Founded in 1978, Idaho Western supplies customers in the Northwest with products ranging from lumber and plywood to siding and doors. Its annual net sales are approximately $21 million. Universal’s Caldwell, Idaho, operation, which supplies lumber... Read more

‘Adventurer RV Group’ Continues Fire Relief Aid

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the past three weeks, Canada-based Adventurer RV  Group collectively raised $371,915 for fire relief efforts in Northern Alberta. With just one week left of fundraising, the Adventurer Group is close to the overall goal of $500,000. Adventurer RV Group is comprised of Country RV, Four Seasons RV Rentals,  Fraserway RV, Roadmaster RV and Travelhome RV with 13 locations across Canada. “While we certainly celebrate the amount of funds that have been raised since May 26, our thoughts and prayers... Read more

May Elkhart Co. Unemployment Hits 1-Year Low

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The unemployment rate in Indiana’s Elkhart County dropped in May to the lowest level since last October, matching a nearly one-year low. The Elkhart Truth reported that the county’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.9% to 3.5% in May, tying the county for 10th best in the state with Steuben and Hendricks counties. It is also the best rate overall in Region 2, which encompasses St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton and Elkhart counties. Indiana’s unemployment rate currently sits... Read more

Blue Ox Names Bessmer as Quality Control Mgr.

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Bessmer John Bessmer has joined Blue Ox as quality control manager, according to Automatic/Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. “As John takes on his new role with our company, it is also a homecoming.  He originally worked for the company in 1990s, where he was one of the architects of our original quality assurance program,” Kietzmann said in a press release. “His leadership abilities and exceptional background enable him to continually improve and evolve our quality... Read more

National RV Supply Adds SuperFlex RV Roofing

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

National RV Supply, a division of Camping World Inc., announced that it has been selected as the exclusive North American RV Aftermarket distributor of Alpha Systems’ SuperFlex RV roofing systems and roofing products. According to the release, Alpha has the largest share of OEM roofing installations today, and is standard on roughly 7 out of 10 new RVs on the road. The SuperFlex membrane is a rugged, single-ply material that’s half the weight of EPDM, making it easier for installers to fit, position,... Read more

FRVTA Ready for Tampa Bay Summer RV Show

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to an announcement, the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) is ready for the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show, which is June 23-26 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Weather will be no object as the majority of the show takes place inside the air-conditioned comfort of the Expo Hall and Entertainment halls, filled all types of new and used RVs. Nine RV dealers from the Tampa Bay Area and around the state – includingAmerica Choice, Arrow RV, Camping World, Dream RV, General RV, Harberson RV,... Read more

Gulf Stream To Sponsor Dale Carnegie Course

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Young RV Executives will have a unique leadership development opportunity coinciding with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced today (June 20). Sponsored by Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc., the half-day Dale Carnegie course, “How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees,” will be offered from 8:00 – 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. A video preview of the course is online. Gulf Stream’s sponsorship keeps the cost... Read more

Patrick Acquires Supplier Mishawaka Metal LLC

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (June 20) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Indiana-based Mishawaka Sheet Metal LLC (MSM) for approximately $14 million. Patrick Industries, also based in Elkhart, will continue to operate the business on a stand-alone basis under the MSM brand name in its existing facility. According to a news release, MSM is a full service distributor and fabricator of a wide variety of aluminum and steel products serving... Read more

Truth: EverGreen RV’s Rise, Fall Surprises Many

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by The Elkhart Truth, from the outside looking in, business seemed to be going great at Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen RV. The company’s I-GO Travel Trailers saw sales double in 2015, even garnering national attention from RV Business magazine in January. Numerous expansions in its eight-year lifespan had taken place and dealers say their units sold really well. The company was founded in 2008 with four former executives of Pilgrim International, an RV maker that closed... Read more

NY Post: Millennials Igniting Dormant RV Market

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by the New York Post, Millennials are emerging from their parents’ basements. Well, maybe not all of them but enough are venturing out and taking their close-to-nature, tech-heavy lifestyles with them to help boost the $50 billion recreational vehicle industry, RV insiders report. It’s called “glamping” — camping in glamorous fashion — and purchases by Millennials, with an elder limit of 35, are helping re-ignite RV sales, insiders said. While RV sales in the US... Read more

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