Grand Design Growth Picks up Area Economy

February 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A recreational vehicle manufacturer’s strong sales is driving an expansion that could pave the way for more economic growth in Elkhart County’s northeast corner. The Elkhar Truth reported that Grand Design RV has purchased 80 acres across the road from its C.R. 2 production complex north of Middlebury and plans to build a new plant there, county and company officials have confirmed. To serve the new facilities, Grand Design plans to spend $517,000 to connect to the White Pigeon, Mich. sanitary... Read more

Luxury Motorcoach Resort Set to Open in N.C.

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Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort will host “The Big Reveal” in Lake Toxany, N.C., marking the opening of the brand new clubhouse and amenities May 23. According to a press release, the event is scheduled in tandem with the beginning of the resort’s high season. Libations and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served while country music atars, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, will return to Mountain Falls and perform live. “The market continues to demand a... Read more

Bob Hurley RV Welcomes 10,000th Customer

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Tulsa, Okal.-based Bob Hurley RV welcomed its 10,000th Feb. 21 – an “exciting milestone for a store that opened just two years ago,” said Kim Siex, managing partner. According to a press release, William Nelson and his wife received some complimentary merchandise for helping the store reach its milestone. Steve Toalson, parts manager, reported that the store’s entire second floor, with more than 4,500-square-feet of space, houses the largest RV parts facility and retail store in... Read more

Powerhouse Introduces 4,000-Watt Generator

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Powerhouse PH 4000Ri/E Inverter Generator Being off the grid doesn’t mean RVers have to be powerless. The Powerhouse PH 4000Ri/E Inverter Generator puts out 4,000 watts of clean power, enough to run a 15,000 Btu air conditioner, lights, refrigerator and coffeemaker, or several power tools all at the same time. According to a press release, the PH4000Ri/E is the first Powerhouse portable generator with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), which gives it a number of very useful advantages including... Read more

GE’s Immelt Meets with RV Industry Executives

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GE CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Immelt speaks to RV industry executives in Elkhart, Ind. One of the nation’s corporate opinion leaders told a closed door meeting of RV industry executives on Thursday (Feb. 26) in Elkhart, Ind., that he’s pleased to see the recreational vehicle sector enjoying a resurgence amidst an “incredibly robust vibrant economy.” Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and chairman of General Electric (GE), one of the world’s largest and most successful industrial manufacturing and lending... Read more

RVIA: January Shipments are Best in Nine Years

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Total RV shipments to retailers in January totaled 28,494 units, 11.9% greater than the same month last year and the largest January total in nine years. Fueled by growth in all vehicle categories, the January total represented a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of more than 400,000 units, the highest such total since the spring of 2006. Shipments this January were 6.5% greater than a strong final month last year, holding promise of further gains ahead. Improved consumer confidence buoyed by... Read more

Renowned RV Dealer Larry McClain Passed Away

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Larry McClain Larry McClain, founder of McClain’s RV Superstores with locations in Texas and Oklahoma, passed away early this morning. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) reported in a memo that McClain was a past RVDA president, serving in that capacity 1973-74. McClain, who got involved in RVDA by attending the first organizational meeting, was also a member of the initial RVDA board. “Larry McClain was a key leader in the formation of the National RVDA and a driving... Read more

NTP-Stag Owner LKQ Sees 4Q Sales Rise 27.9%

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LKQ Corp., owner of Keystone Automotive Operations and NTP-Stag, reported fourth-quarter sales rose 27.9% pushing net income to a 3.3% year-over-year increase. For the fourth quarter of 2014, revenue was $1.68 billion compared with $1.32 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013. Net income during the period was $80.5 million compared with $77.9 million in the prior year while diluted earnings per share was 26 cents, flat year-over-year. For the fourth quarter, total organic revenue growth was 7.1%,... Read more

U.S. 4Q Growth is Revised Downward during ’14

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The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. As reported by the Associated Press, the Commerce Department said Friday (Feb. 27) that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6% first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest... Read more

Motorhomes Showcased at Milwaukee RV Show

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Motorhomes are back in favor this year at the Milwaukee RV Show after their sales stalled out amid high fuel prices and the recession. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the state’s largest RV show opened Thursday (Feb. 26) at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, and continues through Sunday with more than 90 exhibitors. Motorhomes have made a comeback after having largely been absent from the event in past years as the U.S. economy stumbled and fuel prices... Read more

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