Walworth: Shipment Report No Cause for Alarm

June 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth Although overall U.S. wholesale RV shipments of 168,884 units were up 6% year-to-date through May, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) latest shipment report released Thursday (June 25) indicated that total shipments in May slipped 5.8% versus the same month in 2014. That, of course, was a wake-up call for a resurgent industry so accustomed to consecutive monthly shipment gains. But don’t jump to conclusions regarding that latest report, cautions Tom Walworth,... Read more

Skyline Corp. Appoints Florea President & CEO

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp. has named Richard W. Florea as president and CEO, and appointed him to the company’s board, effective July 27. Skyline also announced that Bruce G. Page, who previously was president, CEO and a director, is no longer with the company. “Rich is a charismatic leader, who is uniquely suited to lead Skyline at this important time. He knows our industry well and has an impressive list of accomplishments along with a demonstrated ability to grow businesses... Read more

KING Launching App for iPad & Android Tablets

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KING has released a free app for iPad and Android tablets, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store by using the search terms “kingconnect.” According to a press release, the app will provide dealers information about our state-of-the-art innovations in the mobile satellite TV antenna industry. The app also gives users a general overview of the latest KING products, with detailed descriptions and specifications along with available antenna accessories and warranty information. The... Read more

Suburban Honors Worker’s 55th Year of Service

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Jesse Fine with Art Klee, President of Airxcel Inc.-Suburban Division Airxcel Inc.-Suburban Division has recognized Jesse Fine for his 55th year of service with the company. “We celebrate many employee milestones at Suburban, but Jesse is the first employee to reach 55 years” said Art Klee, president of Airxcel, Inc.-Suburban Division, in a press release. “He is also our company historian as he started with the company when the company’s name changed from the Hunt Heater Co. to Suburban.” Over... Read more

Report: Growth Expected for U.S. Manufacturing

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A report from Ball State University and Conexus Indiana suggests the U.S. manufacturing industry has recovered from the recession and expects up to 150,000 job openings each year for the next decade. Center for Business and Economic Research Director Michael Hicks says Indiana has been leading the nation in key sectors for the last seven years. Hicks says the report aims to address what he calls a myth that the country’s manufacturing might has dropped off over the last few decades. He says,... Read more

Herzog Newest Contributor to WinnebagoGoLife

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Brad and Amy Herzog WinnebaGoLife, a lifestyle blog for RVers produced by Winnebago Industries Inc., has announced that award-winning writer Brad Herzog will be the site’s newest contributor. According to a press release, WinnebaGoLife features videos, articles and photos that capture the RV lifestyle. “My family and I have traveled through 48 states and more than 100,000 miles in an RV, and always it has been a Winnebago, so I’m thrilled to be celebrating that experience by contributing... Read more

Outdoor Recreation Is Part of ‘Sharing Economy’

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Todd Cook of Eagan bought a $45,000 luxury pontoon a few years ago — no trivial expense for Minnesota’s short boating season. “Boating in Minnesota doesn’t last long and is not a cheap endeavor,” said the 45-year-old software engineer. “It’s fun, but it’s expensive. There are costs.” The Star Tribune reported that to offset his slip fees at a St. Croix River marina and other expenses, Cook enrolled his pontoon in a free-to-join boat rental marketplace called Boatbound. Started in... Read more

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Camping with Keystone

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For the fourth straight year, Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. will welcome Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Elkhart County to a weekend of RV camping at Twin Mills Camping Resort, June 26-28. According to a press release, “Kamp Keystone” will offer children in the BBBS program (‘Littles’) and their mentors (‘Bigs’) the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in comfort through the use of five luxury Keystone campers. “Kamp Keystone” was started in 2007 as a way for Keystone... Read more

CEO Potts: Winnebago is Investing in the Future

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Randy Potts Instead of adding to the bottom line now, Winnebago Industries Inc. chose to add for the future, company President and CEO Randy Potts reported in a Thursday conference call following release of its third quarter financials. As reported by the Mason City Journal Gazette, the motorhome manufacturer based in Forest City, Iowa posted a net income of $11.5 million for the third quarter ending May 30 compared to $11.4 million in the same quarter of fiscal year 2014. The company had a 7.1%... Read more

Highland Ridge RV Owners Rally Draws Over 200

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Shipshewana, Ind.-based Highland Ridge RV Inc. recently held its annual Coming Home Rally for the Open Range owners forum. According to a press release, over 200 owners attended the event held at Shipshewana Campground South Park from June 10–13. Highland Ridge RV service technicians remained at the campground throughout rally to answer questions and provide any minor repairs that the customers may have needed. Activities included a sponsored lunch on Friday catered by Nelson’s BBQ and... Read more

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