Genesis Products Inc. announced that Matt Hazelbaker has joined the management team to take over operations and help position the company for strategic growth. According to a press release, Hazelbaker is an RV Industry veteran having spent 13 years at Lippert Components Inc. where he held a number of positions as part of the executive management team.
Hazelbaker assumes the role of vice president of operations and will oversee all of the company’s Indiana plants as well as managing all Genesis operational standards. He will partner with President and CEO Jon Wenger and the Genesis leadership team to advance the company as it positions itself for the future.
“Genesis is an exceptional company with a talented team of people,” says Hazelbaker. “I look forward to working with them as we pursue new opportunities and enhance our current capabilities.”
“Matt is recognized throughout the industry as an experienced operating executive. He brings great enthusiasm to this role and shares our vision for how Genesis can excel in the RV Industry and into new markets,” said Wenger. “The Genesis team will definitely benefit from the addition of a strong motivational leader who also brings discipline and accountability to our operations.”
Hazelbaker served as the president of Voyager Inc. from 2011 to 2013 after his tenure at Lippert and also as president & COO of Merhow Acquisition Corp. in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and zoology from Miami University and lives in Goshen, Ind.
Industry supplier Genesis Products Inc. CEO Jon Wenger announced today (Oct. 25) that Jon Helmuth has “transitioned away from his role as president, according to a press release.
“I have assumed the title of president and CEO with all of its responsibilities,” said Wenger. “Jon has moved into a support role for the company and will stay connected in key areas to help continue Genesis’ success.”
Helmuth stated, “The company has strongly benefited from our collective work together, and Jon Wenger has continued to take on more and more aspects of leadership and this move reflects that ongoing process within our organization. I love Genesis and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created together.”
Helmuth and Wenger started Elkhart Ind.-based Genesis in 2002.
“I know Jon is excited to enter into a new phase of life and I’m energized to continue my work in moving Genesis forward,” Wenger noted. “With key executives Heather Jenks (vice president of sales, RV) and Kelly Green (vice president, laminates) I’m confident we will take Genesis to new levels.
“Our focus is squarely in the areas of execution and being the absolute best supplier of our products. Every day we strive to be better and deliver value to our customers through expertise and service. Genesis’ core values of ‘Always Improving, Agility, and Enjoyment’ drive everything we do.”
Genesis employees 350 people and operates five locations in Indiana and Virginia.
Another step was taken Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the continuing rebound of the economy in Indiana’s Elkhart County. The South Bend Tribune reported that Genesis Products Inc. announced that it plans to expand its operations, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2016.
Founded in 2002 by President Jon Helmuth and CEO Jon Wenger, Genesis is a wood products manufacturer that makes doors, cabinets, moldings, wood panels and drawer sides.
The Elkhart-headquartered company will invest $4 million to renovate and equip the 114,500-square-foot facility that it is currently leasing. It will likely take over the building in the next month or two, according to Helmuth.
As part of the project, Genesis will install new manufacturing and production lines, which are expected to be operational this year.
“The RV industry has picked up over the last eight months,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County. “And for companies to supply that marketplace, they’re having to ramp up inventory and product. So it’s demand-driven.”
She indicated additional expansion announcements by other companies could be forthcoming. “We’ve had several projects in the pipeline,” she said.
The RV industry has seen three consecutive years of growth.
The region also received a boost by the announcement Tuesday that neighboring LaGrange County will become the new home of Lake Area Designs, which will bring 34 jobs by 2016. Lake Area Designs is a wood furniture and custom molding manufacturer for the recreational vehicle and commercial industries. It is currently located in Sturgis.
Genesis, which currently has more than 180 full-time employees in Indiana, 140 of them in Elkhart, has already begun hiring additional supervisory, production and maintenance associates.
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It’s just the kind of news people in Charlotte County, Va., hoped to hear: 150 new jobs are coming to Keysville, a city of 1,000 located 50 miles west of Richmond.
RV supplier Genesis Products Inc. will invest $2.5 million to expand the former Appomattox River Manufacturing operation in Charlotte County, according to a press release from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office.
The project will save 52 jobs and create 150 new jobs. The Elkhart, Ind.-based company manufactures doors, cabinet parts, moldings and wood panels for pre-fabricated homes and recreational vehicles. It also makes products for the kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturing industry.
Virginia successfully competed against Georgia and Mississippi for the project.