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Shanghai’s First RV Park Slated to Open in Oct.

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The first campground in Shanghai, China, for recreational vehicles is set to open in Chongming in October, a tourism official for the county said yesterday. Shanghai Daily reported that the park will have two separate areas, at Mingzhu Lake and Dongping Forest, said Zhang Lixin, director of the Chongming County Tourism Bureau. The lake camp will be open on Oct. 1, while the forest section will follow later in the year, he said. Both will offer a full range of utilities and will be open to people... Read more

New Build Marks RV Care-A-Vanner’s 25th Year

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Habitat for Humanity volunteers begin work on one of two homes being built during the RV Care-A-Vanner 25th anniversary celebration in Springfield, Mo. More than 200 volunteers will join Habitat for Humanity as it honors the 25th anniversary of the RV Care-A-Vanner program with a celebration build and rally in Springfield, Mo., April 21–May 4. “The RV Care-A-Vanner program is a special part of Habitat’s ministry that has played a significant role in improving the lives of thousands... Read more

FRVTA Readies for May 2-4 Show in Fort Myers

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Region One of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) returns for its 19th annual admission-free RV show May 2-4 at the Lee County Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium in south Fort Myers. The three-day-event will feature 10 dealers from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast displaying a wide selection of new, used and leftover recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges. A variety of RV suppliers also will be on hand to provide information on where to camp as well as various other services... Read more

Established Ind. Campground Joins Jellystone

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Hills Campground, a family run 41-year-old  facility in Spencer, Ind., has joined the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort chain. “Joining Jellystone will give us a broader marketing capability,” said Vickie Maxey, the daughter of Victor and Maxine Holt who built the park in 1973. According to a press release, Maxey and her brother, Jerry Holt, purchased the park from their parents in 2003, but Vickie bought out her brother’s interest and has been running the park on her own since 2007. And... Read more

Gaeddert Seeing Lack of Work Ethic in Elkhart

April 22, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Doug Gaeddert The March unemployment rate in Indiana’s Elkhart County dropped to 5.8%, its lowest level in six years, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Monday (April 21). And yet the county’s rate has been much lower at times when it was easier for employers to find workers. The Elkhart Truth reported that in the year 2000, the rate hovered in the 2% range all year. For the seven-plus years from 2001 through March 2008, the last time it was as low as 5.8%, the... Read more

KOA CEO to Detail Growth at ‘Power Breakfast’

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA CEO Jim Rogers The camping industry – especially at Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) – didn’t feel the same pain as the RV industry during the last recession. In fact, North Americans continued to camp in record numbers at a time when many RV manufacturers closed their doors. “The camping lifestyle is obviously something our campers are not going to be denied,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “We’ve continued to see great growth in camping as the RV industry has rebounded. Now, it’s... Read more

Jayco’s EcoAdvantage Program Meeting Goals

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Three years into the EcoAdvantage sustainability program, Jayco Inc. is making strides in meeting its aggressive companywide goals. To help promote Earth Day, the RV manufacturer is announcing its 2013 results from the EcoAdvantage program, which outlines a number of ways to build better RVs using fewer natural resources. The company reported in a release that through combined efforts between employees, suppliers and community partners, Jayco Inc.’s three operating divisions — Jayco, Starcraft... Read more

Ind. Utility Trailer Builder Expands Operations

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Novae Corp., North America’s third largest utility trailer manufacturer, announced plans today (April 22) to expand its operations in Markle, Ind., creating up to 75 new jobs by 2016. The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $5.9 million to construct and equip a 73,000-square-foot facility at the Markle Industrial Park, a state-certified shovel ready site, which will be its fourth manufacturing facility in northeast Indiana since 2005. The new operation will be online and fully functional... Read more

ELS Reporting Growth in First-Quarter Income

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS), a Chicago-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with more than 170 RV parks making up nearly half of its holdings in the U.S. and Canada, reported first-quarter financial results Monday (April 21) . ELS saw a rise of $7.8 million in normalized funds from operations over the first quarter of 2013, coming in at $71.8 million for the quarter. Funds from operations were up $6.4 million to $71.4 million. Net income available for common stockholders was up $3.1... Read more

Campbell Named to EverGreen Quality Control

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Mark Campbell Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has appointed Mark Campbell to the quality control team. According to a press release, he will ensure all standards for quality and safety in the final stages of production have been met for EverGreen brands. Campbell has more than 13 years of experience in the field and has received IPIA/DAPIA training as well as Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) code training. “It’s great to be at EverGreen,”... Read more

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