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May Elkhart Co. Unemployment Hits 1-Year Low

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The unemployment rate in Indiana’s Elkhart County dropped in May to the lowest level since last October, matching a nearly one-year low. The Elkhart Truth reported that the county’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.9% to 3.5% in May, tying the county for 10th best in the state with Steuben and Hendricks counties. It is also the best rate overall in Region 2, which encompasses St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton and Elkhart counties. Indiana’s unemployment rate currently sits... Read more

Blue Ox Names Bessmer as Quality Control Mgr.

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Bessmer John Bessmer has joined Blue Ox as quality control manager, according to Automatic/Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. “As John takes on his new role with our company, it is also a homecoming.  He originally worked for the company in 1990s, where he was one of the architects of our original quality assurance program,” Kietzmann said in a press release. “His leadership abilities and exceptional background enable him to continually improve and evolve our quality... Read more

National RV Supply Adds SuperFlex RV Roofing

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

National RV Supply, a division of Camping World Inc., announced that it has been selected as the exclusive North American RV Aftermarket distributor of Alpha Systems’ SuperFlex RV roofing systems and roofing products. According to the release, Alpha has the largest share of OEM roofing installations today, and is standard on roughly 7 out of 10 new RVs on the road. The SuperFlex membrane is a rugged, single-ply material that’s half the weight of EPDM, making it easier for installers to fit, position,... Read more

FRVTA Ready for Tampa Bay Summer RV Show

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to an announcement, the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) is ready for the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show, which is June 23-26 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Weather will be no object as the majority of the show takes place inside the air-conditioned comfort of the Expo Hall and Entertainment halls, filled all types of new and used RVs. Nine RV dealers from the Tampa Bay Area and around the state – includingAmerica Choice, Arrow RV, Camping World, Dream RV, General RV, Harberson RV,... Read more

Gulf Stream To Sponsor Dale Carnegie Course

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Young RV Executives will have a unique leadership development opportunity coinciding with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced today (June 20). Sponsored by Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc., the half-day Dale Carnegie course, “How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees,” will be offered from 8:00 – 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8. A video preview of the course is online. Gulf Stream’s sponsorship keeps the cost... Read more

Patrick Acquires Supplier Mishawaka Metal LLC

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (June 20) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Indiana-based Mishawaka Sheet Metal LLC (MSM) for approximately $14 million. Patrick Industries, also based in Elkhart, will continue to operate the business on a stand-alone basis under the MSM brand name in its existing facility. According to a news release, MSM is a full service distributor and fabricator of a wide variety of aluminum and steel products serving... Read more

Truth: EverGreen RV’s Rise, Fall Surprises Many

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by The Elkhart Truth, from the outside looking in, business seemed to be going great at Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen RV. The company’s I-GO Travel Trailers saw sales double in 2015, even garnering national attention from RV Business magazine in January. Numerous expansions in its eight-year lifespan had taken place and dealers say their units sold really well. The company was founded in 2008 with four former executives of Pilgrim International, an RV maker that closed... Read more

NY Post: Millennials Igniting Dormant RV Market

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by the New York Post, Millennials are emerging from their parents’ basements. Well, maybe not all of them but enough are venturing out and taking their close-to-nature, tech-heavy lifestyles with them to help boost the $50 billion recreational vehicle industry, RV insiders report. It’s called “glamping” — camping in glamorous fashion — and purchases by Millennials, with an elder limit of 35, are helping re-ignite RV sales, insiders said. While RV sales in the US... Read more

Georgia RV Dealer Picks iMobile Marketing App

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In a company release issued today (June 20), Sparta Commercial Services Inc. reported that a wide range of businesses are continuing to choose iMobileApp when expanding their marketing methods to include mobile applications, including Super Deals RV Inc., a new and used RV dealership, located 20 miles from downtown Atlanta on 20 West in the city of Douglasville, Ga. Sparta Commercial Services, through its subsidiary, iMobile Solutions Inc., develops, manages, and services custom mobile apps for... Read more

Winnebago Names Project Engineer Coordinator

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Lewison Winnebago Industries Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, has announced the promotion of Jeff Lewison to the position of project engineer coordinator for the company’s motorized division. In his new position, Lewison has the responsibility for coordination of all technical activities required during the development of Class A gas motorhomes from concept development through production launch. “Jeff will use his leadership skills and experience to enhance the success of our Class A gas motorhomes... Read more

RV Air Conditioning Systems Course Set To Begin

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The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has announced an  RV Air Conditioning Service Course, starting July 4 and running through July 31. The online program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the PRVCA, allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program... Read more

VIDEO 1: Go RVing Promotes Seasonal Camping

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During its meeting as part of the recent Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RIVA) Committee Week proceedings in Washington D.C., the Park Model RV (PMRV) Committee reviewed with approval advertisements developed recently by the Go RVing Coalition focused on destination, or seasonal, camping scenarios – something the committee had sought since exiting its former association and joining RVIA three years ago. The park model builders, in the process, had contributed marketing dollars from the... Read more

Foamcraft Announces Addition Of Gibbs, Traxler

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Dustin Traxler Jason Gibbs Foamcraft Inc., an Indianapolis-based urethane foam product supplier to the RV and other industries, announced the personnel additions of Jason Gibbs as plant manager of its Goshen, Ind., facility and Dustin Traxler as sales representative for the Elkhart County marketplace. With 13 years of experience in the foam industry, Gibbs will be tasked with managing Foamcraft’s largest fabrication facility. Traxler brings several years of successful sales experience and... Read more

Failed Drug Tests Rising Problem For RV Makers

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Low unemployment is ordinarily a good thing, but according to a report by the South Bend Tribune area manufacturers say the shrinking labor pool is filled with applicants who fail drug screenings or don’t show up for work. And in some cases, the trend has held back the growth potential for manufacturers in the booming recreational vehicle industry — especially in Elkhart County where the unemployment rate is roughly 4%. Most manufacturers require screenings because drug use while operating heavy... Read more

NHTSA Releases Latest RV-Related Recall List

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2012-2016 FCCC XCL, XCM, XCP, and XCR motorhome chassis manufactured January 23, 2012, to July 23, 2015. The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle’s... Read more

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