The summer of 2013 marks an unprecedented milestone for Fan-Tastic Vent, a leading producer of high-powered vent fans to the RV and specialty vehicle markets.
According to a press release, in the coming weeks the company will produce its 3 millionth fan, setting a mark “that has never been achieved with this type of product.”
In 1984, Fan-Tastic Vent was founded by the late Stephen A. Milks and David C. Struck. Milks designed and patented the first high-powered vent fan for the RV industry and his invention continues to be at the core of Fan-Tastic Vent products.
In 2010, Fan-Tastic Vent became part of the Atwood Mobile Products LLC family and continues grow market share and sales.
Trey Miller, director of sales, aftermarket for Atwood and Fan-Tastic Vent, noted, “We are all very excited to celebrate this impressive milestone. Fan-Tastic Vent is one of the best known and utilized products in the industry and rightfully so. It truly shows that quality, service, innovation and providing a product that is made in the U.S. continue to be at the core of consumers buying decisions.”
Fan-Tastic Vent will offer special incentives for the consumer who obtains the 3 millionth fan, which will be indicated by the corresponding logo on the vent dome lid and instructions on how to obtain their prizes.
Fan-Tastic Vent was honored on Oct. 27 by Newmar Corp. with the 2011 “Top Ten” Vendor Award. This was the sixth time the company has received the award, in addition to previously being named Vendor of the Year.
Commercial Manager Trey Miller, noted, “On behalf of the entire team at Fan-Tastic Vent, we are honored to once again receive this award. We feel that developing a true partnership with our customers allows us to provide an unparalleled level of service and support, while offering the highest quality products.”
Fan-Tastic Vent invented the high powered ventilator for RVs over 25 years ago. With manufacturing facilities in Imlay City, Mich., all Fan-Tastic Vents are made in the U.S. Fan-Tastic Vent is an Atwood Mobile Products LLC company.
“This is a love story. Not just any love story; it is my love story. It may seem like an ordinary tale to most people. There is nothing earth-shattering about it, yet it shattered my earth.”
This is Penny Milks describing her new book, “Fan-Tastic: The Love Behind the Vent.” The book shares an intimate glimpse into the life of two people combining their talents to build a respected company in the RV industry, Fan-Tastic Vent Corp. in Imlay City, Mich.
She reveals a rags-to -riches memoir that opens through the eyes of a shy 18-year-old who meets a charming traveling salesman, Steve Milks, determined to make his mark in history.
“The book starts out when we first met – the passion, the trials and tributes of marriage and starting out and then the start of our business Fan-Tastic Vent,” Penny shared. “My husband passed away four years ago and I started writing the book to help me with the grieving process. So when I got old my grandkids would know the story. It took three years to write it.”
Penny self-published her book, which has garnered positive feedback.
“I was barely 18 when I met my husband and he was 34,” Penny said. “We met in Missouri where I lived and I left everything behind and moved to Michigan where he was from. You’re young and you do crazy things and that is what gets you through is the love. It all builds from there.”
The book’s theme – Life is a struggle.
“If you have a partnership and there is communication and respect for each other – whether you build a business or whether you grow a garden it is that love and respect that gets you through your life,” Penny said. “We had our share of struggles just like everyone else.”
Steve had been in the RV business many years and saw the need for a powered ventilation fan and at the time there was nothing like it.
“He came up with this idea and made a wooden model of it and it took off from there,” Penny said.
Steve died of cancer four years ago, but through the therapeutic process of writing and the support of family and friends, today Penny continues to run Fan-Tastic Vent.
“I have a lot of help,” she said. “This is a very family-oriented company.”
Steve and Penny were married 32 years. The couple had no children together, but Penny has two stepchildren and three grandchildren.
Fan-Tastic Vent celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and an open house is set for Aug. 28 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Penny’s book will be for sale and she will hold a book-signing. Fan-Tastic Vent is located at 2083 S. Almont Ave., Imlay City.
For more information, about the company or the book, visit www.fantasticvent.com.