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Airstream Inc. Plans Another Growth Initiative

April 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Wheeler Fueled by a recent acquisition, Airstream Inc. is planning more major investments and an even larger hiring push. The Dayton Daily News reported that Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of the Jackson Center-based producer of iconic aluminum-body RVs, says three big business moves are pushing its continued growth. This may lead to capital investments and plans to increase employment to more than 800 workers. The company is introducing two new product lines this year, in a move that will see... Read more

Patrick Industries Sees ‘Long-Term’ RV Growth

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Patrick Industries Inc. saw major growth in the first quarter of 2016, and that’s good news for investors, the company’s leaders said. “The first quarter of 2016 marked the continuation of improved overall performance for the company, with increased revenues, improved profitability and cash flows,” said Todd Cleveland, CEO of the Elkhart, Ind.-based company, in an earnings conference call this morning (April 28). The RV, manufactured housing and residential housing markets are all growing,... Read more

Henry Joining Outside Sales Team for Blue Ox

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Laura Henry Laura Henry recently joined Blue Ox as an outside sales representative for the mid-Atlantic territory and will be serving RV dealers in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for truck and performance, according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. Prior to joining the Blue Ox team, Henry had a successful career, starting as office manager at Stag-Parkway in Hanover, Maryland, facility in 1988. She worked her way up in the company earning several promotions... Read more

R’nR RV Opening New Outlet in Eastern Wash.

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R’nR RV Group, with three dealerships in Eastern Washington, is moving its Airway Heights operation to North Spokane. “R’nR RV is growing,” said Marilee Wagner of BW Investment Properties. “We’ve had our eye on the property and now the timing is right. Our sales and service numbers are at their highest levels. Customers want more selection and faster service; this location will allow us to do both. Plus, will provide proven RV Service to a strong growing customer base.” The... Read more

Lance Camper Partners with ‘Shimano Fishing’

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Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. has entered into a marketing partnership with Shimano American Corp. based in Irvine, Calif., a national distributor of bicycle and fishing products. As part of the agreement, Lance has loaned a truck camper and toy hauler to Shimano’s event marketing team that is currently on tour across the Southeast. According to a press release, Lance’s 995 Truck Camper and 2612 toy hauler are custom wrapped in Shimano colors and logos and is part of the “Shimano Experience... Read more

PDQ Introduces ‘OneSource’ for Cell, WiFi, TV

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PDQ Connect, a San Diego wireless company, has introduced the OneSource system to provide cellular and wi-fi service along with HDTV reception using one antenna and one cable connection for all three services. According to a press release, the new system gives mobile users long-range voice and data and cost-free high definition TV. Features of the OneSouce system include: • 3G and 4G cell boost up to 20 miles for all carriers. • Fast, long range Wi-Fi Internet. • A Wi-Fi hotspot to connect... Read more

‘RVwest’ Launches a New Mobile-Friendly Site

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RVwest, a western Canada publisher of RV and camping information, announced the redesign of its website. “At first glance, we hope you’ll notice that the site is cleaner and better looking. When you spend some time on it, we also hope you’ll see how much easier it is to use, whether it’s on your tablet, smartphone or computer,” said Keith Powell, publisher, in a press release. To find something specific, use the search bar located in the top right-hand corner of the website. To the left... Read more

Patrick 1Q Revenue Jumps 25% on RV Strength

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Elkhart, Ind.-based component supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 25% increase in year-over-year first-quarter revenue. Sales during the period, ended March 27, totaled $278.6 million compared with $223.4 million in the same quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to a 25% increase in the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which reflected the contribution from acquisitions completed in 2015 and in 2016, along with industry growth. Sales to the RV industry represented... Read more

LKQ Corp. Reports Record Revenue During 1Q

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LKQ Corp. reported record revenue for its first quarter, ended March 31, of $1.92 billion, an increase of 8.3% as compared to $1.77 billion in the first quarter of 2015. LKQ is the parent company of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts and accessories distributor that acquired Stag-Parkway Inc., NTP Distribution Inc. and The Coast Distribution System Inc. Net income for the first quarter was $107.7 million, an increase of 0.6% as compared to $107.1 million for... Read more

Drew Doubles its Credit Line Capacity to $200M

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Drew Industries Inc., parent to supplier Lippert Components Inc., announced the successful refinancing of its revolving credit facility, the company reported in a news release. The new five-year $200 million revolving credit facility replaces its existing $100 million revolving credit facility, which was scheduled to expire in January 2019. The company had no borrowings under the prior facility at the closing of the refinancing. The new facility is led by JPMorgan and Wells Fargo Bank, who have... Read more

Dometic’s Marciano Addresses Class Action Suit

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Frank Marciano Editor’s Note: The following letter from Frank Marciano, president, Dometic Americas, addresses a class action suit filed April 22 involving allegations of defective gas absorption refrigerators. The letter was sent to Dometic’s customers, dealers and retailers. I would like to take this opportunity to provide the industry with an update in light of the class action complaint filed against Dometic Corp. in California last week. First and foremost, we place the highest priority... Read more

Pleasant Valley Breaking Ground On Expansion

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Pleasant Valley breaks ground on expansion About 15 months after moving into a new $2.5 million, 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers in Sugarcreek, Ohio, has broken ground on a 91,639-square-foot expansion project. CEO Scott Hubble told RVBUSINESS.com nearly all of the new space would be used to increase production capacity for the company’s retro-looking teardrop trailers, such as the T@B and T@G, which are designed and built by Pleasant Valley and marketed... Read more

Rec Leaders will Examine National Parks Future

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Airstream President Bob Wheeler Airstream Inc. and the Coleman Co. are heading up an initiative that will gather top recreation leaders from the public and private sectors during Great Outdoors Month to discuss ways to sustain the role of the national campgrounds as a gateway to life-long experiences in the outdoors. According to a news release, “National Park Campgrounds of the Future” will be taking an active part in the Centennial of the National Park Service as well as the Great Outdoors... Read more

‘Cruise Inn’ Announces 1st Florida Campground

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Cruise Inn, a network of RV parks, campgrounds with 38 locations open or in development throughout North America, has signed its first location in Florida, adding Compass RV Park in St. Augustine. Formerly called Indian Forest Campground and under new ownership, Compass RV Park is located just off I-95, four miles from historic downtown St. Augustine and six miles from some of Florida’s finest beaches. According to a press release, the park offers over 100 full hookup RV sites, a new laundry... Read more

Canadian Campgrounds Face Loss of Tax Credit

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Owners of private campgrounds across Canada have been caught off-guard by news that they can no longer claim a small business tax credit. CTV News reported that Terrie Sage and her husband own the 80-site Sage Campground in Cambridge, Ontario. She said they learned of the change last fall, when CRA notified them that they owed an additional $36,000 for the 2013 and 2014 tax years. If that amount wasn’t paid immediately, they’d be on the hook for $250 per month in interest charges. “We are... Read more

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