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Hopkins Mfg. Establishing a Division in Canada

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Towing product and accessories supplier Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. announced that it has established Hopkins Canada Inc. in Blenheim, Ontario. “Establishing this location and renaming it as Hopkins Canada is a natural evolution of our strategy to expand our presence in Canada,” said Bradley T. Kraft, Hopkins president and CEO, noting the company purchased Mallory Industries Inc. in August of 2013, a leader in winter tools and automotive squeegees in Canada. “While Blenheim will continue to... Read more

‘Sobel University’ Offers Free Training Courses

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The recently launched Sobel University website now features a “Free Training” area for dealers and salespeople that offers fast-load times and is easier to navigate. Sobel Associates Inc. stated in a press release that the launch of this new area will kick off with a training session that discusses the concept of being a “team player.” “If you are a commissioned salesperson, you are a different kind of team player,” the release said. “It has been said that... Read more

Transport Firm Seeking Military Vets as Drivers

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Goshen, Ind., recreational vehicle transport firm hopes an appeal to military veterans will help address its driver shortage. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, Synergy RV Transport Inc. will conduct a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Disabled American Veterans Post 19, 1205 Middleton Run Road in Elkhart. “We hear on the news all the time that veterans are having a hard time finding jobs,” said Sharon Coleman, a recruiter for Synergy RV Transport. “We find that our... Read more

Mito Corp. Aligns With NTP on WiFiRanger Sky

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

MITO Corp., a leading distributor in premium electronics, has entered into a partnership with NTP Distribution Inc. to increase distribution of the WiFiRanger Sky, according to a press release. WiFiRanger Sky, a BlueMesh Networks WiFi router, combines waterproof engineering with signal-boosting technology for the best outdoor connection. The partnership allows MITO to continue to supply manufacturers in the RV, marine and truck industries with NTP serving WiFiRanger’s aftermarket dealer needs.... Read more

Winnebago Industries Recognizes PIE Winners

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. today (April 17) announced its Partners in Excellence (PIE) award winners for 2014 at the company’s Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, April 14 – 16. In its ninth year, the PIE award recognizes those motorhome dealers with the best market share penetration within their basic trade area (BTA). Twelve Winnebago and Itasca dealerships were recognized in three market categories from both the East and West regions.  The categories are defined as basic trade areas with 99 or... Read more

Martin: K-Z Acquisition is a ‘Perfect Fit’ for Thor

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Bob Martin Citing a shared philosophy on doing business and a longtime reputation for building quality product, Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin termed the company’s acquisition of K-Z Inc. as “a perfect addition” to its growing portfolio of manufacturers. In an announcement this morning (April 17), Thor disclosed it was acquiring the veteran Shipshewana-based towable builder for $53.4 million, effective May 1 (see previous story). “K-Z is a company that’s... Read more

Dealers Should Act Quickly on Go RVing Leads

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Swift follow-up is the key to getting the highest return on Go RVing leads, according to a sales match analysis by global data and marketing solutions firm IHS Automotive, which incorporated Polk into its business last year. According to a press release, the analysis shows 36% of total RV sales made by Go RVing prospects are made within 90 days of the lead entering the system.  A total of 53% are made within 180 days. “This study confirms that acting quickly is critical to getting the most from... Read more

Winnebago Names Circle of Excellence Dealers

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Winnebago Industries Inc. announced its Circle of Excellence dealerships for 2013 as part of this week’s Dealer Days event in Las Vegas. In a tradition that began in 1986, Winnebago recognized dealers for “excellence in customer satisfaction as it relates to the customers’ sales and service experience,” according to a press release. This year, 102 dealers were honored with the Circle of Excellence award. “I am very proud of the quality of our dealer network,” said Winnebago... Read more

Danzy Holds Grand Opening at New Warehouse

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Over 200 customers attended the Danzy event ERT/Danzy Distributors marked the grand opening of its new warehouse in Calgary, Alberta, on April 10 with over 200 customers attending the event and 10 major suppliers showcasing products along with demo vehicles. “The event was a great occasion for a greet-and-meet between shop owners, major suppliers of the industry and the distributor,” said Danzy Sales Director Marc-Yvan Loiselle, RV Division, in a press release. Suppliers on hand included... Read more

VIDEO 3: ROTV Profiles PleasureWay Industries

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk,” travels to Saskatoon, Canada-based PleasureWay Industries Ltd. and meets with Dean Rumpel, president and CEO, to learn about the company and its line of Class B Motorhomes. The airing includes a behind-the-scenes look at the factory and what goes into building their popular motorhomes. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

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