Genesis Building New Goshen Corporate Center

February 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of Genesis Product’s new corporate center There’s probably no better example today of how RV industry suppliers are contributing to — and benefiting from — the RV arena’s ongoing, seven-year growth spurt than Elkhart, Ind.-based Genesis Products. The 525-employee, seven-facility firm, which specializes in laminated panels and interior components, is launching construction in March of a 200,000-square-foot corporate center on the southwest side of Goshen,... Read more

Keystone Spearheading Industry Building Boom

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Work progresses at one of two production plants under construction by Keystone RV Co. at its Goshen, Ind., campus. The RV industry’s ongoing growth curve is prompting a wave of expansion projects, and there’s no better example of that positive turn of events than the main Goshen, Ind., campus of Keystone RV Co., where, from all appearances, a building boom is underway. Not only is the 5,000-employee Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in the middle of a substantial construction project at its administrative... Read more

Sen. Donnelly Works the Line at Robert Weed

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly took a break from the rigors of Washington, D.C. Monday (Feb. 20) to visit a front-line RV industry supplier, Robert Weed Plywood Corp. in Bristol, Ind., where he spent time at a variety of work stations learning about the work-a-day regimen that employees of the 50-year-old, family-held business experience on a day-to-day basis. Donnelly, a centrist Democrat who faces reelection in 2018, also answered questions for inquisitive members of the regional press on a number of... Read more

Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 9 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

Covercraft, ADCO Appear Jointly at NTP-STAG

February 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on Covercraft, ADCO Appear Jointly at NTP-STAG 

Mark Korros and Morgan Ein Making their first joint appearance under the Covercraft Industries LLC banner at the 2017 NTP-STAG Expo were representatives of Pauls Valley, Okla.-based Covercraft, a 52-year-old supplier of automotive custom-fit vehicle covers, and ADCO Products Inc., a 62-year-old firm marketing a variety of RV covers out of Valencia, Calif. Their appearance follows the surprise Dec. 22 announcement that ADCO had merged its brands and identity into the Covercraft fold. Front and center... Read more

Opinion: Can LCI’s ‘Charity Program’ Go Viral?

February 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on Opinion: Can LCI’s ‘Charity Program’ Go Viral? 

Michilah Grimes, director of philanthropic partnerships for Lippert Components Inc., with CEO Jason Lippert during Thursday’s press conference announcing LCI’s 100,000 hour initiative As reported on late last week, Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) is launching an unprecedented companywide “social responsibility initiative” through which LCI’s 7,500 employees are being asked to donate 100,000 hours of community service work in the numerous... Read more

NTP-STAG Show: ‘More Good Industry News’

February 2, 2017 by · Comments Off on NTP-STAG Show: ‘More Good Industry News’ 

Attendees at the NTP-STAG show pack the turnstiles at the Anaheim Convention Center More good news for the North American RV industry emerged from the 2017 NTP-STAG Expo held this week (Jan. 30-31) at the Anaheim Convention Center where some 200 supplier-exhibitors and 2,500 attendees pursued a busy schedule. A series of educational “RV University” sessions opened the agenda on Monday before the late afternoon kickoff of a day-and-a-half buying show that most participants described as one of... Read more

RVIA: A Front Row Seat at Inaugural Festivities

January 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on RVIA: A Front Row Seat at Inaugural Festivities 

(L-R) RVIA 1st Vice Chair Garry Enyart, director, RV business for Cummins Power Generation; BJ Thompson, president, BJ Thompson Associates; Dave Schutz, senior vice president, RV OEM sales, Dometic Americas RV Division; and Patrick Industries Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales and COO Jeffrey M. Rodino in Washington, D.C., for Inaugural Ball The U.S. recreation vehicle industry was well represented on Capitol Hill during the festivities surrounding the Friday (Jan. 20) inauguration of Donald... Read more

The Buzz: Windish’s Humble Sees a Strong 2017

January 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on The Buzz: Windish’s Humble Sees a Strong 2017 

Windish RV General Manager Jim Humble On a recent visit to the suburban Denver facilities of Windish RV Center, an RVBusiness Top 50 dealer that received special recognition last week (Jan. 18) from RVB and Ally Financial Inc. for its charitable nature, General Manager Jim Humble shut his office door for a quick interview that shed some light on an array of relevant topics that, once again, lent credence to the industry’s prospects for a continued growth market in 2017. Headquartered at the base... Read more

RV Arena Gets Good Marks in Consumer Survey

January 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on RV Arena Gets Good Marks in Consumer Survey 

Scott Bahr At a time when RV sales are on the upswing, a new independent consumer survey conducted by Maine-based Cairn Consulting Group gives the recreational vehicle industry pretty good marks with regard to customer satisfaction, reports Cairn President Scott Bahr. The results of “The RV Owners’ Satisfaction Survey,” based on online surveys this past fall of some 1,600 RV owners and camping enthusiasts, are decidedly positive in an era in which the industry – behind the scenes —... Read more

FUSION Touting High-Tech, Infotainment System

January 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUSION Touting High-Tech, Infotainment System 

Check out the supplier exhibits at key RV and marine shows this winter and you’ll likely run across a display manned by representatives of FUSION Entertainment, an Auckland, New Zealand-based firm specializing in audio systems, speakers, amplifiers and the like that has been showcasing a new RV-IN801 Infotainment System designed for in-dash installation. “We’ve been around for over 10 years in the marine industry,” Jay Sanders, a manufacturer’s rep whose firm handles FUSION’s marine... Read more

‘Boogey Lights’ is Building RV Aftermarket Brand

January 4, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Boogey Lights’ is Building RV Aftermarket Brand 

Boogey Lights President and CEO Brad Butler Boogey Lights already had an established reputation in motorsports accent lighting for motorcycles as well as boats, golf carts, ATV’s, cars and trucks before expanding the reach of its high intensity LED lighting into the towable and motorized RV marketplace over the past year and a half, reported Brad Butler, president and CEO of the Florence, Ky.-based firm. “Our lights are made specifically for outdoor use in motorsports applications,” said Butler,... Read more

The Buzz: Meet New Lazydays CEO Bill Murnane

December 20, 2016 by · Comments Off on The Buzz: Meet New Lazydays CEO Bill Murnane 

Bill Murnane Bill Murnane has succeeded Tim Sheehan as the chief executive of Lazydays RV, a well-known, 40-year-old, five-site retailer that operates the nation’s largest single-site RV dealership at its 126-acre, suburban Tampa, Fla., headquarters. The Tampa store houses a 1,500-unit inventory, 330 service bays, three restaurants and a 300-site campground. But it’s not like Murnane was altogether new to the operation when he stepped in at the first of December after the resignation of Sheehan,... Read more

Dometic Intros New U.S. Exec, Rebranding Plan

December 19, 2016 by · Comments Off on Dometic Intros New U.S. Exec, Rebranding Plan 

(L-R) Roger Johannson, Dave Schutz and Scott Nelson A full contingent of Dometic Corp.’s senior management was on hand at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky., for the formal rollout of a new corporate rebranding initiative designed to align all of the publicly held, Stockholm-based firm’s brands, logos and 6,500 employees located in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, the U.S. and elsewhere under one aligned brand and one new slogan: “Mobile Living Made Easy.” “Yes,... Read more

The Buzz: LCI Focuses on Customer Experience

December 16, 2016 by · Comments Off on The Buzz: LCI Focuses on Customer Experience 

Jason Lippert Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced an acquisition during RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in late November that clearly wasn’t consistent with other mid-size firms the $1.4-billion-a-year Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier had purchased in recent years because the seller in this case — Camping Connection – doesn’t manufacture anything. The small Florida-based firm instead specializes in mobile and in-shop repair services for RV consumers in Kissimmee, Fla., and Myrtle Beach,... Read more

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