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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Atwood Mobile Products LLC recently launched the industry’s only RV refrigerator that utilizes helium in the cooling system and an integrated tilt sensor.
According to a press release, the Atwood Helium Refrigerator is now standard equipment in several Keystone RV Co. towable products, including the Bullet, Passport and Hornet brands. The Helium Refrigerator is also available in the aftermarket through many of the major distributors around the country.
As the name suggests, helium gas has replaced hydrogen that is traditionally found in gas absorption refrigerators. The Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier said that helium allows the cooling system to run at a lower temperature, minimizing stress that can be caused by using a traditional gas absorption refrigerator. An exclusive integrated tilt sensor also provides a visual cue to the consumer showing if the refrigerator is in an “out-of-level situation.”
Atwood Helium Refrigerators are available in 7- and 8-cubic-foot class sizes. While both models provide the largest cubic foot of storage in their class, Atwood Helium Refrigerators are designed to fit other brands’ traditional 6- and 8-cubic-foot cabinet openings.
Atwood said the refrigerators also boast several standard upscale features including built-in door ajar alarm, designer blue crisper bins and LED lights, intuitive door handles and a modern display panel.
Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Atwood Mobile Products LLC announced the promotion of Derick Jones to RV sales account manager. According to a press release, Jones most recently served Atwood in the capacity of RV sales account representative.
“Since joining Atwood in 2009, Derick has progressively and capably taken on additional responsibilities in field sales, including the day-to-day management of key RV OEM customer accounts,” said Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing. “Derick has been successful in serving existing customers and expanding those relationships. He will continue to be a value-added asset to our sales team and our customers.”
Jones will continue to work at the Atwood’s headquarters in Elkhart. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at (574) 309-2471.
Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Bill Martin to director of sales for RV OEM customers, according to a press release.
Most recently Martin served Atwood in the capacity of director of marketing. Previously, he was vice president of marketing for Coachmen Industries Inc.
In his new role, Martin is responsible to lead the OEM sales team in servicing existing accounts, expanding relationships and generating new business.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to help lead the Atwood OEM sales initiative utilizing my extensive marketing and OEM background,” Martin said. “Atwood delivers products with tangible features and benefits that only Atwood has to offer. Our goal is to be the customer’s best business partner by offering the best products, service and training in the industry.”
Martin will remain at the Atwood’s headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. He can be reached at email@example.com or by cell phone at (574) 350-4932.
Atwood Mobile Products LLC finalized an agreement June 3 to sell Spec-Temp, the fabricated glass division of Atwood, to Tem-Pace LLC of Niles, Michigan.
According to a press release, Spec-Temp is a fabricated glass manufacturer located in Antwerp, Ohio, that serves several markets including transportation, marine and architectural. Capabilities include tempering, bending, drilling, screen printing, polishing and other glass customizing.
“The sale of Spec-Temp allows Atwood to provide a greater focus on our core RV and specialty vehicle markets with a product portfolio that includes an array of appliances, chassis and seating hardware, powered vent fans, gas detectors, and entry doors and windows”, stated Tim Stephens, president of Elkhart, Ind.—based Atwood.
Finnea Group acted as financial adviser to Atwood Mobile Products in connection with the sale.
Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Steve Baut to the position of aftermarket sales representative for accounts in the Eastern Region.
According to a press release, Baut is responsible for “developing a strong working relationship with distributors and dealerships while promoting and increasing sales of Atwood products into the aftermarket.” In addition, he will assist in training, merchandising, inventory analysis, show participation and other activities supporting Atwood’s aftermarket initiatives.
“With the addition of new Atwood products like the helium refrigerator, Air Command air conditioner, on-demand water heater and Ultra Breeze vent cover, Steve’s experience and hands-on approach will be critical to increasing Atwood’s aftermarket presence,” said Trey Miller, aftermarket sales manager for Atwood.
Baut brings over 14 years of RV OEM experience in sales and service. He and his family live in the Milford, Ind., area and he will be based out of the Atwood headquarters in Elkhart. Baut can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 266-4858.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has appointed Trey Miller as commercial manager for the Fan-Tastic Vent division. Fan-Tastic Vent is an industry leader in 12-volt, high-powered vent fans.
According to a press release, Miller will be the lead for strategic sales and product management initiatives for both the OEM and aftermarket.
“Fan-Tastic Vent has one of the best brand names in the industry and Trey will be instrumental in helping guide us into the future,” stated Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Atwood.
Miller brings over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing management. He has served in vice president roles in sales and marketing with DTI and Stag Parkway, and most recently as president of BR Wholesale.
“Trey’s knowledge of the OEM markets and strong aftermarket background will serve him well in leading our sales and product management initiatives for Fan-Tastic Vent,” Ellis said.
Miller is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in sales and marketing. He and his family live in Granger, Ind., and he will be based out of the Atwood Center located in Elkhart. Miller can be reached at email@example.com.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has named Bob Tooker to the chassis hardware sales team as account manager, according to a press release.
Tooker brings over 15 years of experience in sales, management and technical training. He started his career with the management of a NAPA Auto Parts store and most recently has held sales and technical training positions with Cequent and The Hitch Co. Tooker also holds several instructor certifications, including RVIA, RVDA, and SEMA.
In his new role at Atwood, Tooker is tasked with increasing Atwood’s chassis hardware presence in key market segments such as recreational vehicle, cargo, utility, marine and industrial. Products sold through the Atwood chassis hardware division include power jacks, stabilizer jacks, landing gear, leveling systems, couplers and brake actuators.
Tooker is based out of his home office in Portland, Ore., and will frequent the Elkhart area working from Atwood’s Charlotte Ave. location. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atwood Mobile Products LLC announced that Wayne Qian has been appointed to the position of vice president of engineering.
Qian brings a wide spectrum of talents to support Atwood’s “rich history of designing and manufacturing engineered products with the highest level of quality, performance and customer satisfaction,” according to a news release.
“As vice president of engineering, Wayne’s role is critical in leading our engineering team to meet Atwood’s strategic goals,” stated Atwood President Tim Stephens.
Throughout Qian’s career, he has progressed from the role of an engineering manager with Performance Friction Corp., to senior pincipal engineer with Lennox International Corp. (in a product reliability role) and, immediately prior to joining Atwood, director of product engineering with Overhead Door Corp.
Qian received his Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron and went on to receive a Ph.D. from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue.
He will be located at the Atwood facility at 2701 Ada Drive in Elkhart, Ind., and can be reached at email@example.com.
Atwood Mobile Products LLC has announced the appointment of Amy Duthie to the sales team as RV sales manager.
Duthie is a veteran of the RV industry with over 12 years experience in sales and product management for several leading RV manufacturers. Most recently she served as product manager and national sales manager for Keystone RV Co., located in Goshen, Ind.
In her new role at Atwood, Duthie will be tasked with servicing existing OEM accounts, as well as generating new business.
“Amy’s extensive OEM background provides Atwood a unique perspective towards OEMs, dealers and the RV consumer,” stated Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing. “Additionally, her solid leadership skills and proven track record make her a great addition to our team.”
Duthie will remain in the Elkhart area and be located at the Atwood headquarters at 1120 N. Main St., Elkhart. Duthie and her family reside in Bristol and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.