Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that its Level Up automatic RV leveling system is now offered with wireless remote control.
“Our wireless remote systems have been well received for several years,” said LCI Vice President of Sales Andy Murray. “Our customers requested that we integrate this wireless technology into our leveling systems, and now several RV brands are using the product.”
“Any RV OEM already using our wireless remote system, Linc, for their RVs can now connect it to work seamlessly with Level Up,” continued Murray. “For those who don’t have an existing wireless remote, and want to add one to their Level Up system only, we can provide that stand alone capability as well.”
Level Up is a four-point or six-point automatic leveling system that comes as an option or standard on more than two dozen RV brands. The system levels an RV in less than a minute using a one-touch auto-leveling feature, and includes an auto rehitch memory function that remembers the exact height at which the RV was unhitched. Wireless capability allows users to walk around the unit while leveling and pause the leveling sequence if necessary.
“The industry is moving more towards automatic leveling for travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs,” said Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew Industries Inc., LCI’s parent company. “We’re finding that many OEMs are turning to LCI and Level Up as their choice to meet growing consumer demand. As an industry leader in leveling products, we will continue to innovate to ensure we are producing the best leveling systems.”
Since Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC adopted Lippert Component’s Inc.’s Level Up automatic hydraulic leveling system in January 2013 as an option on its new Sundance travel trailer brand, every unit sold has been built with the Level Up system.
“We were looking for some key features that would set the Sundance trailer apart from other brands, and we felt the automatic hydraulic leveling was one way to do that,” said Heartland Vice President of Sales Coley Brady in a press release. “The response has been outstanding.”
Heartland General Manager Paul Craven noted, “Level Up has played an important part in the launch of the new Sundance travel trailer.”
LCI CEO Jason Lippert points out that “the RV industry is moving more towards automatic leveling for travel trailers and fifth-wheels. We’re finding that OEMs are turning to LCI and Level Up to meet consumer demand.”
LCI’s reported that average weekly sales of Level Up systems have grown 65% in the past year.
“At one time, automatic leveling was something found only on high-end units such as expensive luxury fifth-wheel RVs,” said LCI Vice President of Sales Andy Murray. “But now customers want leveling upgrades on less expensive fifth-wheel and travel trailer RVs. OEMs are looking to our Level Up system to fulfill this demand.”
Level Up is a four-point or six-point automatic hydraulic leveling system designed to quickly and safely level an RV with only the touch of a button and comes with an auto re-hitch memory function that remembers the exact height at which the RV was unhitched.
To watch a video offering a rundown of the features and benefits of the Level Up system click here.
Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) reports that all welders in its M-Tec specialty and motorized chassis manufacturing facility have been certified.
According to a press release, 62 M-Tec welders are certified in gas metal arc welding. Ten additional employees were specially certified to inspect and monitor processes for consistent quality work.
Employees participated in rigorous classroom and hands-on training through Bumgarner Welding and Inspection Inc. in the certification program.
“By establishing and maintaining this level of quality, we separate ourselves from the competition as we supply our customers with products, which we believe are unequaled,” said M-Tec General Manager David DeVon.
Vice President of Operations Jason Falk added, “We are excited to distinguish ourselves and offer another great selling point for our customers.”
M-Tec was acquired by LCI in 2011 and specializes in upper chassis upfits, wheel base modification, driveshaft manufacturing, steel and aluminum fabrication and axle spring upgrades.
Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced it has acquired certain assets and the engineering team of Midstates Tool & Die & Engineering Inc., a designer and builder of automated equipment, production tooling, progressive dies and one-hit stamping dies. According to a press release, the business will be operated as Lippert Automation, Tool and Die.
“The assets and people we’ve added from Midstates will help us design more efficient and consistent automation processes that are key in producing high quality products for our customers,” said Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew Industries Inc., LCI’s parent company.
The former Midstates team offers decades of experience and provides additional support and expertise as a part of the LCI Steel Division, the release stated. The business also brings LCI several new customers, allowing the Steel Division to further diversify and expand its market reach.
Vice President of LCI Automation and Manufacturing Jeff Few believes the acquisition will help the Steel Division move to the next level. “Combining the seasoned specialists of Midstates with our automation and tool and die team will give us velocity as we further automate to increase productivity and quality,” he said.
Lippert expects the acquisition to drive the next phase of automation for LCI, noting, “The Midstates team has developed a strong reputation for quality workmanship, and we expect to build on that strength.”
“It was definitely a life-changing experience,” said Service Manager Matt Nead, who co-led the trip with Rich Furner in quality control, in a press release. “We are lucky to work for a company that cares about its people and the community.”
Despite the risk of additional tornadoes, the team drove the company RV to Oklahoma, taking with them $4,000 worth of supplies donated by the local DAV chapters of Elkhart, Goshen, Kokomo, Michigan City and Hammond. The team stayed in the RV at Antioch Christian Church, which helped organize relief efforts with sister churches and the Red Cross.
The LCI team worked two days at the Orr Family Farm ─ a large agri-education farm in Oklahoma City ─ where more than 100 horses were killed and buildings were demolished by the storm. The team moved piles of debris, cleared trees and junk from fence lines and prepared an area to become a memorial for pets lost in the devastating storms.
“Mr. Orr was ecstatic that we came back to help at the farm on the second day,” said Furner. “He was in tears, and we were proud we could help pave a path of recovery for his family business.”
Furner was astonished at the devastation they saw, noting, “I served during Iraqi Freedom and the Gulf War and I had never seen destruction as bad as what we saw in Oklahoma.”
Furner expressed his thanks to everyone who supported the team. “Because of the company’s support ─ starting with CEO Jason Lippert ─ we were able to do a lot of good work and help people through this difficult time.”
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Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Chuck Bell has been promoted to vice president of chassis operations, according to a press release.
After 17 years in a leadership role at LCI, Bell is responsible for managing 1,400 employees at LCI’s Indiana-based chassis facilities that produce more than 200,000 RV frames annually.
“Chuck is a valuable member of the LCI leadership team,” said President Scott Mereness. “He knows the product and builds strong teams to produce products to our high standards.”
CEO Jason Lippert believes Bell will help lead these facilities to further growth in his new role, noting, “Chuck will do a fantastic job leading the chassis facilities and his teams to the next level of operations.”
Bell added, “We have the best team in the industry, and we are motivated to grow and perfect our operations. I want to thank our 1,400 employees who are committed to quality and meeting deadlines. It’s a blessing to work with our exceptional people.”
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. invited key executives, front-line management and staff from Lippert Components Inc. to a golf outing and reception at the Gulf Stream Country Club last Wednesday (June 5) to honor Lippert as its top supplier. “As our business has grown and production has accelerated, the people of Lippert – from top executives to front line managers and staff – have kept pace with our needs, providing innovative, top-quality products and responsive customer service,” Phil Sarvari, Gulf Stream executive vice president, said in a press release. Shown in the photo, Jeff Zumbrun, director of purchasing for Gulf Stream, expresses his appreciation to the Lippert staff prior to the afternoon’s activities. The group enjoyed golf on the Gulf Stream par three course adjacent to the company’s manufacturing facilities and a hearty cookout meal. Members of the group also took advantage of other recreational opportunities at the Country Club, including fishing in the waterways along the golf course. At the event Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Lippert parent Drew Industries Inc., noted, “We’re proud and honored to be working with a company with such a long legacy of providing outstanding RVs to Dealers and retail customers.”
A team of six employees from Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) Plant 45 in Goshen, Ind. headed to Moore, Okla., today (May 29) in the company RV to assist in the tornado relief effort, according to a press release.
Rich Furner, who is in quality control, and Service Manager Matt Nead will lead the group as they partner with the local Red Cross and a church in Oklahoma to distribute food and supplies to victims of the disaster.
After seeing TV coverage of the massive Oklahoma storm that killed 24, flattened neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school on May 20, Furner knew he wanted to help.
“I have always wanted to help out in these types of situations and never really had an opportunity,” he said. “I contacted our CEO, Jason Lippert, asking for support. He jumped on board right away.”
The Michiana community is joining LCI in the effort. Mishawaka Walmart employees collected supplies to send with the LCI relief team and the local DAV chapters of Elkhart, Goshen, Kokomo, Michigan City and Hammond together donated about $4,000 worth of needed supplies.
The LCI team will be staying in the company RV at Antioch Christian Church through June 3. The church is organizing efforts with sister churches closer to the disaster area, where the LCI team will assist in cleaning up debris and helping families recover personal belongings in the chaos.
Jake Lenhart, who coordinates work crews for Antioch, said it’s critical for volunteers like the LCI team to come. “When you pick up the debris, you are literally helping them pick up the pieces of their lives.”
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When Jason Lippert talks about being bullish on the recreational vehicle industry, he’s clearly not kidding.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, Drew Industries Inc., parent to Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc., will be moving from White Plains, N.Y., to Elkhart, Ind. resulting in about six new jobs.
But of greater importance to the region is Lippert Components and Kinro Inc. are in the process of adding 500 new jobs that will push Drew’s total employment in the Elkhart County area to 5,300 by 2016. And Lippert and Kinro project another 300 jobs being added after 2016.
Lippert Components makes windows, mattresses, upholstered seating, leveling devices, suspension products, slideouts and other accessories for the RV industry as well as components for the manufactured housing industry. Kinro produces doors and windows for the RV and manufactured housing industries.
“Overall, we’re just bullish on the industry,” said Lippert, who is CEO of Drew Industries as well as the subsidiaries. “The products have never looked better.
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Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Steve Jenkins has been promoted to vice president of operations for axles, slideout products, leveling systems and lamination. According to a press release, Jenkins and his team operate the largest, most diverse production facility in the company with more than 500,000 square feet and 1,100 employees in Goshen.
“Steve is a highly valued, well-respected member of our executive team,” said Todd Driver, COO of LCI. “His care for people shows in the way his teams perform.”
Over 13 years, Jenkins has held many positions with LCI from management trainee to general manager responsible for multiple facilities. As vice president of operations, he will continue to lead several divisions and provide insight as LCI continues to grow.
“Steve is a great addition to our executive team and contributes significantly to the strategic direction of the company,” said LCI President Scott Mereness.
CEO Jason Lippert added, “We are looking forward to further growth in Steve’s area. He has been leading as general manager at Plant 45 since we first opened the facility with limited product lines. We are here to deliver the highest level of quality, service and value to our customers. Steve and his team continually strive to exceed expectations. Under his direction, our operations will continue to develop innovative products for the markets we supply.”
Jenkins noted, “Lippert is 5,600 employees strong and I’m proud to work with every person that has contributed to the company’s success.”