Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC announced the availability and shipment of its new Australian-designed Air Command line of high-performance air conditioners. According to a press release, the Air Command line is available in ducted and non-ducted versions to Atwood’s OEM partners and nationwide aftermarket distribution network.
Atwood said that lab tests demonstrate that the Air Command has distinct advantages, which “challenge traditional standards the industry uses to brand Btu performance.” Units are listed as 16K Btu and 18K Btu equivalent.
“It wouldn’t make sense to brand our 16K equivalent model as a 13.5K if it outperforms the leading 15K,” said Director of Sales Bill Martin, RV OEM, noting that Air Command models easily retrofit into existing 13.5K and 15K Btu applications. “In real world terms, Air Command uses drastically less energy input while providing more cooling output. Our 16K equivalent models are so energy efficient that we have been able to operate them via a single 2kW generator.”
Martin added that Air Command units also reduce noise level with assistance from V-Flow, a proprietary air distribution method. “You have to hear these units in person to believe just how quiet they really are,” he said.
Trey Miller, director of aftermarket sales, noted, “There’s no question that Air Command is progressive, featuring 16K and 18K equivalent performance, but dealers and OEMs want to know about reliability, durability and serviceability. Air Command may be a new name to the U.S. market, but it’s nearly 80% of the market in Australia and has been a leading supplier there since 1978.”
Air Command models are available with black or white shrouds and feature independent dual motors, a programmable digital thermostat with energy saving sleep timer and convenient digital remote control. 18K Btu equivalent models feature a heat pump as standard equipment.
All units feature Atwood’s two-year warranty and are serviceable at over 1,800 certified Atwood service centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit http://www.askforatwood.com.
Atwood Mobile Products was presented with a 2012 Vendor Partner Award at the 2013 NTP Distribution Tradeshow and Conference. According to a press release, the show was held Feb. 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center and was the largest event in the company’s history.
Trey Miller, director of sales, aftermarket, for Atwood noted, “We are very pleased to receive this award. Atwood is focused on continued support of our customers and continuous product improvement and advancement. With Atwood bringing so many new products to market it is imperative that we are in close contact with our distributor partners to ensure their teams are well versed on the advantages these products bring to the market.”
In keeping with the event’s movie theme, Atwood’s booth featured various props depicting the movie The Wizard of Oz.
“The venue provided a great environment to interact with dealers,” Miller added. “The addition of various decorations to people’s booths based on the show theme, including many suppliers dressing in costumes, added an extra touch of fun.”
Atwood Mobile Products LLC’s high performance On-Demand Water Heater (ODWH) is now available to the RV industry, according to a press release.
Over the past several months, Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood has placed On-Demand Water Heaters into retail consumers units for extensive real-world testing. These units were strategically located throughout the U.S. in order to expose them to a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Feedback from retail consumers using these test units has been “extremely positive,” according to Atwood.
The Atwood ODWH is available in a 50,000 Btu model, which provides up to 50% more output than any other large production unit on the market today, the company said. The Atwood ODWH offers the heating power and technology necessary to provide the comfort and ease of use for a residential shower in the customers coach.
Exclusive to the Atwood ODWH is a modulation valve that senses the flow of incoming water that allows the unit to adjust the burner flame based on hot water demand. By eliminating the need for a tank, the ODWH offers a weight savings of up to 115 pounds and is energy efficient due to the fact that gas is consumed only when hot water is demanded. In addition, the Atwood ODWH can be installed in nearly any current water heater opening without any cutting or sidewall alterations.
The Atwood ODWH is available in the aftermarket through major distributors and to OEM customers. For more information visit www.atwoodmobile.com.
Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP Distribution announced Atwood Mobile Products LLC as the title sponsor of its annual trade show and conference, which the company is projecting to be its largest event to date. According to a press release, the upcoming NTP show is set to run Feb. 12-15 in San Diego.
“Atwood has been a partner with NTP for over 30 years and we’re proud to have them as the title sponsor of our annual trade show,” said Greg Boyd, president of NTP. “This year, we are seeing increased supplier participation and are expecting a record number of RV dealers.”
NTP said that RV dealer attendance, in part, is being driven by the its “logistics expansion” derived from parent company Keystone Automotive Operations’ network of five distribution centers and 20 cross-docks serving the U.S. and Canada. The expected attendance from Canada alone at the NTP Show is up over 50%.
Atwood will be showcasing some exciting new products at the show this year.
“We have made significant investments in the RV aftermarket,” said Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing. Products such as the Atwood AirCommand and helium refrigerator are well established in the marketplace while the Atwood on-demand water heater is beginning to garner the same widespread appeal.”
NTP will be offering exclusive pricing and promotions at this year’s event. “One area which has generated a tremendous amount of buzz has been the announcement of ‘Power Hours,’” stated Jon White, vice president of sales at NTP. “These at-show-only deep-buying opportunities are attracting a lot of dealer interest”. This year, six suppliers have partnered with NTP to participate in the “Power Hour” program.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC will add 132 new jobs in Elkhart by 2015. According to a report by the South Bend Tribune, some of those new jobs already have been filled and many more will be in 2013, said Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Atwood.
As reported yesterday by RVBUSINESS.com, Atwood Mobile Products was among nine companies announcing more than 2,500 jobs coming to Indiana over the next few years during an event Tuesday (Dec. 11) in Indianapolis.
Atwood Mobile Products, a component supplier, already has 368 employees at four sites in Elkhart. It has 700 employees nationwide.
“We’re an RV-oriented company,” Ellis said in a phone interview. “It’s a good portion of what we do. Our customer base being located here, our manufacturing capability here, these products are a good fit for some of the capacities that we have in the area.”
“Atwood has seen tremendous growth the last few years, particularly in our recreational vehicle and specialty vehicle markets,” said Tim Stephens, president of Atwood Mobile Products in a news release by the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.
The business climate in Indiana once again played a role, as did incentives, said Ellis and Stephens.
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Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC, a vehicle components supplier to the RV industry, was among a statewide announcement today (Dec. 11) proclaiming that new investments from nine companies are expected to create a combined 2,552 new jobs over the next few years.
According to the press release, Atwood will invest $5.9 million to consolidate manufacturing operations from its subsidiary Fan-Tastic Vent in Imlay City, Mich., along with distribution and warehousing operations from Tennessee and other locations to Elkhart County, creating up to 132 new jobs by 2015.
With more than 700 associates nationwide, Atwood currently employs 368 employees at four Elkhart County sites.
Other companies making investments include Angie’s List, BidPal Inc., Brunswick, Cafe Valley Inc., ExactTarget, Inventure Foods, Mitsubishi Engine North America and Moorehead Communications.
Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Trey Miller to director of sales for aftermarket customers, according to a press release.
Most recently, Miller has served as Atwood’s commercial manager for Fan-Tastic Vent and as aftermarket sales manager. He has over 12 years of experience in sales and marketing management and has been critical in “successfully driving Atwood’s emergence as a leader in the RV aftermarket marketplace,” according to the release.
In his new role, Miller will continue his focus on growth strategies in the aftermarket through new business development, pricing management and aftermarket commercial needs. He will also serve in an aftermarket advisory role for Atwood’s non-RV product lines.
Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing, noted, “Since joining Atwood in 2011, Trey has progressively and capably taken on additional responsibilities. He will continue to be a value added asset to our sales and management team and our customers.”
Miller and his family reside in Granger and he will remain at the Atwood Center in Elkhart. He can be reached at email@example.com or by cell phone at (574) 350-0008.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Rex Poehlman to the position of aftermarket sales representative for accounts in the southeast region.
According to a press release, Poehlman is responsible for supporting and developing strong working relationships with distributors and dealers, while promoting and increasing sales of Atwood products into the aftermarket. He will also assist in training, merchandising, inventory analysis, show participation and other activities supporting Atwood’s growing aftermarket initiatives.
Poehlman brings over 15 years experience in aftermarket sales. Most recently he served as director of sales for BR Wholesale.
“Rex brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will play a critical role in continuing to grow Atwood’s aftermarket presence,” said Trey Miller, aftermarket sales manager. “Atwood has put in place a team focused on the aftermarket and we look forward to the role Rex will play in this initiative”
Poehlman will reside in Ormond Beach, Fla., and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 361-8189.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Duffy Suseland to the position of account manager for manufactured housing.
According to a press release, Suseland brings several years of MH and RV market experience to Atwood in commercial, general and plant management. Most recently, Suseland served in a sales capacity at Shapiro Metals in Elkhart.
Suseland graduated with honors from Purdue University, earning a bachelor’s in organizational leadership. Over the past two years, Atwood has increased its MH presence and dramatically expanded its product offerings. In his new role, Suseland will play a critical role in continuing to pursue this MH rapid growth initiative.
“Duffy brings a diverse skill set and background to his new role at Atwood,” said Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing. “We look forward to the role Duffy will play in future successes and growth in the MH division.”
Suseland and his wife reside in the Niles, Mich., area and he will be based in Elkhart. He can be reached at email@example.com or (574) 596-5890.
It isn’t about the Michigan’s economy. Nor the work force, or the Imlay City area.
As reported by the Tri-City Times, it’s strictly business behind Fan-Tastic Vent’s move from its longtime location in Imlay City, says Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for parent Atwood Mobile Products LLC.
After acquiring the company in the fall of 2010, Atwood has decided to move Fan-Tastic’s operations to its home base in Indiana. Ellis says the transition to facilities in Elkhart, Ind., is expected to take place within 60 or so days.
“Most of our customer base on the OEM side is located in the Elkhart area and the move was made to work more closely with our customers, which is something we have always been mindful of,” Ellis says.
Offers have been extended to most current employees, Ellis added, including the entire direct labor source. Because the transition is in the works, Ellis says he has no current numbers regarding employees planning to make the move.
Ellis says Atwood had a positive experience in the area, and the move to Elkhart is simply to consolidate operations.
“The people were very supportive of us and the business,” Ellis says. “Fan-Tastic Vent has a long history (in the area). We have a good work force, the work ethic is admirable and we’re pleased despite the present challenges.”
Ellis says Fan-Tastic Vent has enjoyed a solid presence in the RV industry with well-respected products and Atwood is pleased to continue that tradition.
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