Progress Manufacturing Inc., maker of the Original Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch, was recognized with a 2014 Peach Award by
Stag-Parkway at the distributor’s annual RV conference in Puerto Rico. According to a press release, Stag-Parkway “seeks partnerships that create mutual success and recognized Equal-i-zer as an exemplary supplier partner.”
“We look for business partners that foster mutual growth and success in the market,” stated Martin Street, CEO of Stag-Parkway. “We are extremely fortunate to have wonderful supplier partners and recognizing those companies that exceed our expectations is always a challenge. At the end of the day, we select companies that deliver programs, strategies and products in such a way that you can sell more and sell it more profitably.”
Progress Manufacturing was also recognized in 2012 and 2013, “for exhibiting exceptional customer service, providing superior sales and training support and for being basically really good people to work with,” Street continued.
“This kind of effort and focus gets results,” added Street. “Our three year sales history is evidence of that – 2010 up 15%, 2011 up 26%, and 2012 up 20%. Well, Equal-i-zer sales were up 29% in 2013. I’m not sure I need to say much more than I am very pleased to present its third consecutive Peach Award, to Progress Manufacturing.”
Equal-i-zer has seen record growth over the last three years. Management for the company has focused on keeping and recruiting strong talent, improving systems, engineering the highest-quality products and supporting partners to help manage and leverage the growth.
“We are so honored to receive this award for the third straight year,” stated Rich Elliott, vice president of sales and marketing. “Stag-Parkway is a very important partner to us, and being honored by Stag is a big win. There is no greater compliment than being recognized as ‘basically really good people to work with,’ and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent products, support and customer service to all of our partners.”
Progress Manufacturing Inc. announced that the Equal-i-zer Hitch was named by Trailer Life Magazine as the Gold Winner in its Readers’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year, according to a press release.
Sue Seidlitz of Trailer Life said there were 15,000 voters weighing-in on all things related to trailers, campgrounds, hitches and trailer accessories. Trailer Life launched the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012 to learn more about their readers and what they value, as well as to find out which vehicles, destinations and products make life on the road easier and more enjoyable for RVers.
The survey was conducted online and allowed thousands of readers to choose from over a hundred brands, voting for their top picks in 26 different categories. Equal-i-zer Hitch is the only trailer hitch company to win the Gold award.
“Winning this award two years in-a-row is a testament to American manufacturing,” said Progress CEO Jed Anderson. “We are the only sway-control trailer hitch with 100% of the manufacturing taking place in the United States. In a time where just about everything is outsourced and companies are more concerned about profits than quality, we are proud our hitch is American-made.”
Kenny Mauerman, the director of engineering for Equal-i-zer, added, “We believe this is the reason why our hitch performs so well. From the highest-quality American-made steel, to the best technology, Equal-i-zer has been proven to be the industry leader.”
Provo Utah-based Progress Mfg. Inc. announced the launch of its newly rebuilt Equal-i-zer hitch website.
“We redesigned the EqualizerHitch.com website in a way that makes the content easier for our customers to find and use,” said Progress CEO Jed Anderson. “The new site is designed to help our two main customer groups – potential buyers considering the purchase of an Equal-i-zer hitch, and those who are already owners. They can quickly access the information they are looking for, and then easily locate one of our dealers to help them get what they need.”
The new site boasts several upgrades including an improved menu layout, simplified page layout, calculators to help with the selection of hitch sizes and specialty shanks, and a more robust dealer locater powered by Google maps.
“Customer reaction has already been great,” said Dave Lewis, Progress Mfg. Inc.’s marketing manager. “The new site went live Friday, and we have already received several customer comments with glowing reviews. We are excited about the change and expect it to be very beneficial for both our end users and our dealerships.”
The new site can be visited at www.EqualizerHitch.com.