Lippert Enters ‘Aluminum Extrusion Supply’ Pact

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Drew Industries Inc. today (April 11) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has entered into a six-year aluminum extrusion supply agreement with Dallas-based Atrium Windows and Doors Inc. Concurrently, Lippert Components sold certain of its aluminum extrusion assets to Atrium. “Extruded aluminum is a key raw material for us, and identifying a strong supplier such as Atrium was critical in our search for a new third-party supplier,” said Scott Mereness,... Read more

IHS Automotive is Building on R.L. Polk’s Legacy

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IHS Inc., a global source of critical data and analytics for the automotive industry, is making its first incursion into the RV marketplace. The Colorado-based company last summer acquired R.L. Polk & Co, another recognized leader in the automotive information industry, and incorporated it into IHS Automotive. With the addition of Polk, including its CARFAX division, IHS Automotive provides expertise and insight across the entire automotive chain from product inception, through design and production,... Read more

Webinar to Cover HR Regs Affecting Service Bays

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A free webinar will bring dealers up to speed on HR rules and regulations relating to automotive and RV work bays. The webinar, provided to dealers by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center through a partnership with KPA, is slated for noon EDT on April 17. RV dealers’ participation in the free, live event helps support the Learning Center’s development of new programs. Register with the Learning Center’s registration link on the KPA website. In this webinar, KPA’s Senior HR advocates Angie... Read more

N.C.-Based HSM Marking 70th Anniversary in ’14

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Hickory, N.C.-based HSM, a global manufacturer of components and provider of integrated solutions, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. According to a press release, the company’s 70-year history has been marked by innovation and growth, as it has transformed from a components supplier to an international provider of high-value solutions, culminating in a complete rebrand and restructuring last year that included a name change and a new market-focused strategy. “HSM is definitely rooted... Read more

Curtin to Present ’15 Forecast at Committee Week

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Richard Curtin will deliver 2015 forecast at Committee Week Economist Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, will provide his first projections for 2015 RV wholesale shipments in remarks at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Committee Week during the Joint Committee Luncheon, taking place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 2. His presentation will also include the latest projections for year-end 2014 totals as well as an examination... Read more

SSI: Motorhome Sales Edge Up 2.3% in February

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Year-over-year motorhome registrations grew 2.3% in February and 7.7% for the first two months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. held the No. 1 spot year-to-date with a 26.6% market share followed by Forest River Inc. (22.1%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (19.4%). In the Class A category, February sales grew 10.1% compared with the previous year and were up 6.7% for the two months. Thor led the sector through February, posting a 22.1% market... Read more

VIDEO 1: Nill Touts Guaranty’s New Travel Center

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This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” features an interview with Shannon Nill, owner and general manager of Guaranty RV Super Centers, discussing the dealership’s new RV Travel Center designed to create more of a destination element at the well known Junction City, Ore., store. To view the video scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Campers Inn Opens 9th Store; 1st in Connecticut

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Campers Inn, a New Hampshire-based RV dealership with nine locations across the east coast, announced  that its newest location in Union, Conn., is officially open for business. The dealership, located off I-84, is the fourth New England location for Campers Inn and the company’s first in Connecticut. Campers Inn began work on the location in 2012 and has spent the last few years transforming it into a full-service RV dealership, including an eight-acre lot to display product and also house parts... Read more

Graham Named National Show Director for RVIA

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Scott Graham The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has hired Scott Graham to be the association’s national show director with the responsibility of supervising, planning and implementing all aspects of the National RV Trade Show. He replaces Mary “Mike” Hutya who retired on March 31 after 38 years of service to RVIA. According to an article in RVIA Today Express, Graham most recently served as the meetings and events director at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA).... Read more

Cavco’s Eco-Cottages Featured on Reality Show

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Cavco eco-cottage Cavco Industries Inc., a leading provider of RV rental cabins and cottages for campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across North America, will be featured in the April 13 episode of NBC’s American Dream Builders, which airs at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central. The Phoenix-based company is supplying several custom-built modules from its park model and modular eco-cottages, whose interiors will be designed from scratch in the reality show’s weekly design competition, hosted by renowned... Read more

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