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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Fan-Tastic Vent unveiled its newest product, the Ultra Breeze Vent Cover, at the Atlas Show in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Trey Miller, commercial manager for Fan-Tastic Vent, in a press release. “We knew we had something special with a vent cover specifically designed for high-powered ventilators at a reasonable price point. But when people see the actual performance in person compared to other covers on the market it tells a compelling story.”
Fan-Tastic Vent said that the product allows consumers to keep their vents open in the rain while the exclusive patent pending airfoil technology provides up to 75% more air flow than competing products.
The cover is made of high density polyethylene with UV protection and fits over most 14-inch by 14-inch roof vents and high-powered ventilators, including all Fan-Tastic vents. The Imlay, Mich.-based company said orders are being accepted and shipments will begin the first of the year for the white translucent and black versions and shortly thereafter for the Smoke Translucent version. Additional colors are planned and will be announced in early 2012.
Miller added, “We are excited to finally bring this product to market. It has been field tested for over a year and the performance has been unbelievable. We can now tell the more than 2.5 million users of Fan-Tastic Vents that there is a vent cover that will not hinder the performance of their fan and provide protection from the elements.”
Imlay City, Mich.-based Fan-Tastic Vent Corp. announces that Paul Golie, long time OEM representative for the West Coast, has retired.
“It has been my privilege to represent this company since 1986 when it all began with a handshake with Steve Milks (inventor and co-founder of Fan-Tastic Vent) at the FMCA Rally in San Antonio, Texas,” said Golie in a press release. “It has been a wonderful 25-year relationship with Steve, Dave Struck (cofounder of Fan-Tastic Vent) and the entire staff at Fan-Tastic. They have been helpful to me in many ways.”
“Paul is the consummate sales professional,” said Larry Milks, vice president of engineering and purchasing for Fan-Tastic Vent. “It’s been Fan-Tastic Vent’s privilege to work with him since 1986. He will be sorely missed by a multitude of customers and our entire Michigan Team alike. We wish Paul and Evelyn continued great health and nothing but fun in retirement.”
Steve Maurici, senior account manager for parent Atwood Mobile Products LLC will assume Golie’s responsibilities. He can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (951)314-3797.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fan-Tastic Vent announces with regret the retirement of Terry Smeltzer from its professional sales staff effective Jan. 11.
A 45-year veteran in the RV industry, Smeltzer represented Fan-Tastic Vent in the Indiana area for over 12 years with friendship, accountability, integrity and knowledge, according to a company news release.
Larry Milks, vice president of operations, stated, “Terry has been a key ingredient in our formula for success as the RV industry leader in air exchange systems. We hope that Terry and his wife, Jessie, have lots of fun and enjoyment in retirement for many years to come.
Smeltzer started his career in the industry working for four years at Travel Queen coaches and then moved on to a 21-year stay at Champion Home Builders Corp. as sales manager.
Eight years were then served as Chevrolet motor division sales manager at the Tiarra Motor Coach Co.
Terry is spending his winter with family and playing golf in Florida. He will return to Breman, Ind., in the spring for more of the same.
“Thank you to all the OEMs and employees at Fan-Tastic Vent who have made my life easier and more fulfilling,” Smeltzer said.