Grand Design Breaks Ground on $10M Expansion

August 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Ind. Sen. Todd Young, Grand Design CEO Don Clark, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski and Ind. Secretary of Commerce Jim Shellinger (Photo by Roger Schneider of the Goshen News) U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.-2, and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger were among the speakers at a Wednesday (Aug. 21) morning groundbreaking ceremony for a $10 million expansion at Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. (GDRV) in rural Middlebury, Ind. Expansion plans for... Read more

‘RV/MH Hall of Fame’ Preps Next Growth Phase

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. President Darryl Searer says his organization plans to launch a major fund drive later this year to greatly expand the Northern Indiana Event Center (NIEC) and the affiliated RV/MH Hall of Fame (HOF) on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. That campaign, ultimately totaling as much as $10 million according to Searer, should help launch the first two of three proposed expansion phases designed to augment rental facilities for... Read more

LCI Hosts Ind. Governor’s Job Initiative Launch

August 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gov. Holcomb speaks with crowd, including Elkhart Chamber President Kyle Hannon (C), at jobs initiative launch (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb selected Elkhart County — the RV Capitol of the World — as a fitting site to unveil today (Aug. 17) his NextLevel Jobs initiative that is built to train, attract and retain the workers that the state desperately needs. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. (Photos by J. Tyler Klassen). During... Read more

RVAA Conferees Now Voting on RVIA Proposal

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Voting is now underway at the Aug. 14-18 Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association’s (RVAA) annual Executive Conference at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego to determine whether the trade group will merge with the all-industry Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) as a full-fledged RV Aftermarket Committee reporting directly to RVIA’s board of directors. RVAA’s board announced in a late June letter to its membership that the transition would occur with the board’s unanimous approval,... Read more

Registration Opens Up For ’17 Louisville Show

August 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced today (Aug. 15) that attendee registration is now open for the 2017 National RV Trade Show. The event, held Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., will feature a large concentration of recreation vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and campground managers. According to a press release, RV industry buyers, technicians, media, and others interested in developing partnerships within the growing industry are encouraged... Read more

Camping World’s 2Q Sales Jump 20% to $1.3B

August 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. (CWH) reported double-digit increases in revenue and net income for the company’s second quarter. Second Quarter Highlights Total revenue increased 20.1% to $1.3 billion. Gross profit increased 24.5% to $372.8 million and gross margin increased 102 basis points to 29.1%. Income from operations increased 32.3% to $136.8 million and operating margin increased 98 basis points to 10.7%. Net income increased 26.3% to $105.3 million, net income margin increased 40 basis... Read more

RV/MH ‘Hall of Fame’ Inducts 10 New Members

August 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees In a night that included longtime industry historian Al Hesselbart receiving the Spirit Award, the RV/MH Heritage Foundation inducted 10 new members into its Hall of Fame Monday (Aug. 7) before a crowd of about 400 family, friends and supporters at the Northern Indiana Events Center in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.COM home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The group — which included five from the RV industry... Read more

FROG Rally Draws 800 RV’s to 4-H Fairgrounds

August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Forest River Owners Group (FROG), the nation’s fastest growing brand name RV owners club, is holding its 2017 FROG International Rally this week at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. A kickoff dinner was held last night (Aug. 6) for some of the 1,700 club members from coast to coast who have arrived in Goshen in 800 recreational vehicles for the club’s fifth annual rally. The even has virtually come from nowhere in a few short years to tally more than 72,000 members in... Read more

‘NeXus’ Exits Factory Direct; Builds Dealer Body

August 1, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Nexus co-owners Claude Donati (L) and Dave Middleton (Photo by Shawn Spence) Elkhart, Ind.-based NeXus RV announced today (Aug. 1) that it will be selling through an exclusive and limited RV dealership network, according to a press release. NeXus RV, a full-line motorhome manufacturer founded in 2010 by Claude Donati and Dave Middleton, announced they will be partnering with dealerships beginning in September of this year. Prior to the move the builder sold product through a factory direct... Read more

Patrick 2Q Revenue Up 29% As RV Sector Soars

July 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 29% increase in sales for its second quarter, ended June 25, boosted by strong RV performance.   Net sales during the three-month period grew $92 million or 29%, to $407.2 million from $315.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was attributable to industry growth, acquisitions, geographic expansion efforts, and market share gains. The company’s revenues from the RV industry, which represented 69% of second... Read more

CW Holdings Buys American RV & Jack Sisemore

July 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. continued to expand its nationwide dealer network with the acquisition of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based American RV along with Jack Sisemore Traveland in Amarillo, Texas. According to a press release, Camping World currently operates three other RV retail operations in Michigan including a supercenter in Houghton Lake and retail accessory stores in Belleville and Grand Rapids. “We remain focused on growth and customer service as we expand in the Michigan... Read more

Zinke: ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ Vital To Parks

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Forging public-private partnerships is the key to accelerating the modernization of America’s outdated, Eisenhower-era national parks with the end result being “a better parks experience all Americans could enjoy for the next 100 years,” U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said repeatedly during a day-long event Tuesday (July 18) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Trump Administration’s “Made in America” week. The day began with Zinke meeting with members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry... Read more

Patrick Announces Acquisition Of ‘Wire Design’

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Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (July 17) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Ind.-based Wire Design, a manufacturer of wire harnesses for the recreational vehicle, marine and industrial markets. Wire Design’s trailing 12-months revenue through June 2017 was approximately $10 million and the total cash consideration paid for Wire Design was approximately $10.9 million. The company expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive... Read more

Total Solar Eclipse is Becoming Major RV Event

July 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hopkinsville, Ky., prepares for solar eclipse crowd (Photo by Tab Brockman) Communities from Oregon to South Carolina are preparing for an influx of visitors Aug. 21 — many of them pulling or driving RVs — to experience the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. in nearly 100 years. Some 12.2 million people in 14 states will be in the path of totality after the eclipse reaches the Continental United States between Portland and Salem, Ore., at 7:16 a.m. EDT, and concludes... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Rise 14.9% in May

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales rose 14.9% in May, while gaining 6% for the first five months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales grew 16% in May while showing a 7.5% increase year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales soared 15.6% for the month and edged up 1.9% through May. • Folding camping trailer registrations fell 6.4% in May and 6.3% year-to-date. •... Read more

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