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MCD Innovations Attending Monaco Rally

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MCD Innovations, a manufacturer of premium RV accessories and the American Duo Shade System, will be in Salem, Ore., for the Monaco International Rally, Aug. 3-7.

Company representatives will be available to discuss the importance of blocking solar heat and UV rays with products that also provide privacy and light blockage for RV occupants, according to a news release.

“We welcome rally participants to come by to visit with us about how the American Duo Shade System can be installed in their motorcoach,” said MCD CEO Dave Townsley. “We are also happy to announce that many 2010-11 Navistar Monaco LLC motorcoaches will have MCD shades installed as original equipment.”

MCD Innovations has been engineering and producing an array of industry leading sun protection products since 2003 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in McKinney, Texas. The company supplies a wide range of innovative products including solar screens, tire covers, vent/fan covers, skylight covers, and mirror bras and covers to numerous RV OEMs, an ever-growing number of dealers, and RV owners throughout the USA and Canada and has expanded into the commercial and residential markets with shade systems as well as merchandising shade products.

For information, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or call (800) 804-1757.

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MCD Debuting New Screen Door Pull-Up Shade

July 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

DoorShade-HalfOutMCD Innovations has designed a new screen door solar shade system for the RV industry aptly named the MCD Screen Door Pull-up Shade (because of the manner in which it pulls up out of its housing and latches to the top of a screen door frame). The assembly has a highly refined mechanism that allows the user to extend and retract the solar shade fabric to cover the door screen area. The proprietary MCD ClearViewSolar Screen shade fabric is utilized in the new assembly to provide both UV and heat transfer protection. The shade fabric is encased in an attractive, lightweight aluminum housing that attaches quickly and easily to any screen door frame. During the day, occupants have a superb outward view and complete privacy, but those on the outside cannot see in. The shades are custom made for each make and model of RV.  To operate the MCD Screen Door Pull-up Shade, simply grasp the exposed tab, raise the shade and fasten it to the included latching hardware that is to be attached to the upper part of the door frame. To retract the shade, grasp the tab, lift it off the latching hardware and lower the day shade back into its housing. For more information, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or call (800) 804-1757.

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MCD Innovations Moving into Larger Facility

June 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following story was provided by Dave Townsley, founder and CEO of MCD Innovations, McKinney, Texas.

MCD Innovations office in McKinney, Texas

MCD Innovations office in McKinney, Texas

Seven years ago, my wife Carla and I formed MotorCoach Designs (now known as MCD Innovations) with three things in mind:

First, we wanted to start a company from scratch in which my four children could be involved from the beginning and learn what it takes to build a successful company. All four of my children joined Carla and me as we began our quest: two sons, Travis and Darren; two daughters, Amanda and Tiffany; as well as a son-in-law, Wayne. MCD is and always has been a classic example of a family-owned, family-managed American company.

Second, coming from an automotive background, I believed that RV OEMs and their customers would recognize and appreciate the value of a line of innovative, quality RV products designed to protect, enhance, and personalize new and existing units. As a result, MCD built an ever-growing range of products, from exterior solar screens to wheel covers to our new American Duo Shade System and supplied those products to numerous OEMs and their dealers. Many of the products were private labeled for OEMs such as Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Newell, Mandalay, Country Coach, American Coach, Newmar, and others. Our roster of OEM customers today is a veritable who’s who of the industry from Winnebago to Tiffin to Forest River to Renegade to Fleetwood to Born Free to New Horizons to Foretravel to NuWa and on and on.

Third, we believed that both of those parameters could be accomplished in the U.S.A. utilizing good, old-fashioned American ingenuity and drive and skilled American workers. The family made a commitment to do everything we could to support our country and our economy by producing as much of our product as possible in the U.S.A. Today, over 92% of the components we use are made in America. And, unlike far too many products today, 100% of the labor needed to design, engineer and produce our finished products has always been performed in Texas by a dedicated, diversified American workforce.

Area enclosed by red line is location in McKinney, Texas, of MCD Innovations expansion area.

Area enclosed by red line is location in McKinney, Texas, of MCD Innovations expansion area.

The History

When the business was started in 2003, we set up in a 7,500-square-foot building. More than one of us thought, “… how are we ever going to use all of this space?” But, we had a dream that we believed in. And we were blessed. Two years later, in 2005, the company had outgrown the space and we moved to a much larger building, 25,000 square feet. We looked at these new quarters and thought, again, “… how are we ever going to use all of this space?” We still had the same basic dream with which we started and believed in, but just now on a larger scale. And again, we were blessed and MCD continued to grow.

This next month, in July, just seven years from when we first started our business, MCD will move to a 9.6-acre campus as we continue our quest. As we’ve gotten bigger as a company, our dream has also grown. Now we’re dreaming on a much grander scale.

To support our country, our state, our city, our friends and our neighbors, we are committing to a major, long-term investment. What started as a dream became our vision and has now become our mission: “We will design, engineer, and produce innovative, leading-edge, world-class products in the U.S.A. utilizing all American-made components, equipment and labor.”

By using American-built equipment, American-made components and American labor, we are confident that MCD can successfully compete against other companies, anywhere in the world. MCD made a commitment early on of investing in state-of-the-art equipment, designed and made in the U.S.A., to manufacture our products. And we will continue to do so. Our sophisticated cutting equipment is manufactured in California to our exacting specifications. Our unbeatable packaging is made in Louisiana. All of our aluminum extrusions are produced in Texas. Those are but a few examples, and they’re just the beginning. We are striving toward being able, by the end of 2010, to have virtually 100% of the components that are utilized in MCD products manufactured in the U.S.A., either by MCD directly or one of our valued suppliers. We firmly believe that American ingenuity and drive, and a dedicated, skilled American workforce can successfully compete against the world.

The Future

Our new “facility for the future” will initially provide over twice the manufacturing space. Coupled with our ongoing investment in the latest equipment technology and processes, we will be able to increase our current capacity ten fold. We’ll have more than twice the office and engineering space. And we will be able to provide service to more than five times as many customers who choose to bring their RVs to us for retrofitting with MCD products. But this time we aren’t wondering how we will ever use all of the space. Over the past few years, our dream has gotten bigger. Much bigger. We are already envisioning having to add more manufacturing area, additional accommodation space, perhaps a small RV rally park, and so forth as we continue to grow. And if we are blessed to the point that it becomes necessary to add an entire 2nd or 3rd facility down the road, I assure you that they will also be located in the U.S.A.

MCD loves the RV business. Among MCD personnel you’ll find full-timers and weekenders alike. From travel trailers to Class A coaches. We understand the wants, the needs, and the lifestyle. Carla and I have personally put over 160,000 miles on a Class A over the last seven years while developing, testing and proving every single product MCD has ever introduced. MCD personnel have participated in hundreds of rallies, observing and listening. As a result, we have had literally thousands of customers tell MCD personnel that our understanding of what RVers want and need shows in our products. That is very reassuring, as well as very flattering.

As of this writing, MCD shade products come on some 26 different brand names from the factory as original equipment on fifth-wheel, Class B, Class C, and Class A products. A growing dealer network around the country installs MCD products in the aftermarket everyday from Florida to Washington and from Connecticut to California. MCD will continue to invest in the resources necessary to develop and prove innovative, leading-edge RV products that will Protect, Enhance, and Personalize RVs for years to come. Watch as we become settled in our new campus; you will see our new product introduction rate increase rapidly.

You may also be interested in knowing that MCD develops and produces unique products for commercial and residential markets in addition to the RV market. Maybe you’ve seen some of our shade or merchandising products in one of the over 8,500 Dunkin Donuts stores or in a Dickeys BBQ or a Chili’s or a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. Our new facility and equipment will allow us to grow this side of our business far faster in the future. MCD has even been called on to design and produce some very unique products for the aviation and marine industries. And other industries beckon.

All of the dedicated, skilled employees at MCD and my entire family would like to extend a heartfelt “THANK YOU” for the patronage which has been extended to us in the past. Without the support of our customers, end-users, dealers, and OEMs alike, we would not be where we are today. We ask for your continued support in the future as MCD works to develop and produce an array of exciting, groundbreaking products and technologies, All Made in the U.S.A., that can be supplied to customers around the world. Lastly, I ask that you join us in our efforts. Do what you can to keep and create jobs in our great country.

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MCD to Attend Fleetwood Rally June 26-30

June 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood  2010 Rally logoMCD Innovations, manufacturer of premium RV accessories and the American Duo Shade System, will be in DuQuoin, Ill., for the Fleetwood Motorhome Association 2nd Annual National Rally, June 26-30.

Company representatives will be on hand to discuss the importance of blocking solar heat and UV rays with products that also provide privacy and light blockage for RV occupants, as well as demonstrate the Dual-Range Safety Motors for interior windshield shades, according to a news release.

“We invite Fleetwood owners to come by to visit with us about how the American Duo Shade System can replace their current shades and curtains in their coaches,” said Peggy Grich, MCD RV marketing representative.

MCD Innovations has been engineering and producing an array of industry leading sun protection products since 2003 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in McKinney, Texas. The Company supplies a wide range of innovative products including solar screens, tire covers, vent/fan covers, and mirror bras and covers to numerous RV OEMs, an ever-growing number of dealers and RV owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For information, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or call (800) 804-1757.

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Foretravel Chooses MCD Innovations’ Shades

June 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MCD Innovations announced today (June 3) that Foretravel Motorcoach has chosen the MCD American Duo Shade System as original equipment in their 2010 Phenix and Nimbus models.

“A quality-built motorcoach must be equipped with quality-built components and MCD shades are the only shades which Foretravel motorcoaches are equipped. Their dependability, styling and ease of use makes for an easy choice in window shades,” Curtis Fancher, sales manager for Foretravel of Texas Inc., stated in a news release.

“Foretravel motorcoach owners will enjoy the powered options available with the American Duo Shade System and will immediately recognize the benefits of this high-tech total privacy window shade solution,” noted Dave Townsley, CEO of MCD Innovations. “We are pleased to have developed this relationship with Foretravel and look forward to providing quality products for their customers for years to come.”

The MCD American Duo proprietary ClearView solar shade fabric dramatically reduces the amount of UV rays and heat that enter a coach, while providing day time privacy and outward visibility. The MCD night shade fabrics provide 100% light-blockage and room-darkening capability.

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New Horizons RV Adds MCDs’ Shade System

April 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

MCD Innovations has announced that New Horizons RV is now offering the MCD American Duo Shade System as an original equipment option in selected models.

A family-owned-and-managed company, New Horizons RV has been building towables for over 20 years at its 40,000-square-foot facility near Milford Lake, Kan.

“We build coaches according to the customer’s personalized design specifications, allowing them to select individual features like the American Duo Shade System,” said Phil Brokenicky, New Horizons president/CEO. “We installed a system on our new show model, and it’s fantastic.”

The proprietary MCD ClearView Sunscreen material reduces UV transfer by 90% with dramatic heat-transfer reduction while still providing excellent outward visibility. The MCD night shades offer 100% light-blocking capabilities in a selection of fabrics, colors, and patterns.

“We look forward to establishing a long-lasting relationship with New Horizons and will continue to assist them in integrating various MCD quality products into their custom-made designs,” noted Dave Townsley, MCD Innovations CEO. “New Horizon RV customers will immediately recognize the benefits of this high-tech shade system that replaces conventional curtains and pleated shades.”

MCD Innovations has been engineering and producing an array of industry leading sun protection products since 2003 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in McKinney, Texas. The company supplies a wide range of innovative products to numerous RV OEMs, an ever-growing number of dealers and RV owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information on MCD American Duo Shade technology, contact MCD Innovations at (800) 804-1757, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or email info@mcdinnovations.com.

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Fleetwood Partners with MCD Innovations

April 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MCD Innovations announced today (April 15) that Fleetwood RV Inc. has chosen the MCD American Duo Shade System as original equipment in its 2010 Providence, Discovery, Southwind and Encounter brands, according to a news release.

John Draheim, CEO and president of Fleetwood RV Inc., said, “As a whole, we strive to work with the best suppliers in the industry in order to give our dealers and customers the high-quality features they expect to see in a Fleetwood RV motorhome. MCD Shades is a well-trusted brand in the industry, and we are happy to include them on our motorhome products.”

The MCD American Duo proprietary ClearView solar shade fabric dramatically reduces the amount of UV rays and heat that enter a coach, while providing day time privacy and outward visibility. The MCD night shade fabrics provide 100% light-blockage and room-darkening capability.

“Fleetwood RV customers with the new American Duo Shade System will immediately recognize the benefits of this high-tech total privacy window shade solution that replaces conventional curtains, sun visors, and pleated shades,” noted Dave Townsley, CEO of MCD Innovations. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Fleetwood RV to provide quality products that meet the needs of RV owners.”

Fleetwood RV Inc., headquarted in Decatur, Ind., is a manufacturer of Class A and Class C motorhomes, and was recognized as the No. 1 manufacturer of Class A motorhomes in calendar year 2009 by Statistical Surveys Inc., a reporting service based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

MCD Innovations has been engineering and producing an array of industry leading sun protection products since 2003 in their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in McKinney, Texas. The company supplies a wide range of innovative products to numerous RV OEMs, an ever growing number of dealers and RV owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information and to review the benefits and features of the MCD American Duo shade technology, contact MCD Innovations at (800) 804-1757, visit www.mcdinnovations.com or email info@mcdinnovations.com.

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Jim and Peggy Grich Rep for MCD Innovations

March 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

logoMCD Innovations announced that it has arranged with Jim and Peggy Grich of American RVer to represent the firm at national RV rallies and shows.

The Griches have produced the monthly Internet-based television show for the RV market at AmericanRVer.com for the past three years.

“We had been considering installing the MCD American DuoT Day/Night Shade System for the past couple of years,” said Jim Grich, in a news release. “Once we came to the factory in McKinney, Texas, to create an AmericanRVer show on the company, we were so impressed with the quality of the product and the company itself that we decided to go to work for them. We will continue to produce American RVer as we travel across the country. Representing MCD Innovations simply adds another exciting facet to our lifestyle.”

Dave Townsley, CEO of MCD Innovations, stated that he was excited to work with the Griches and utilize their experience in video, graphics, web design, public relations and marketing skills. “We can utilize their 20-plus years of television experience to not only broaden our exposure to the RV market, but also to continue with our standard of excellent customer service.”

MCD Innovations produces the American DuoT Day/Night Shade System, exterior and interior solar privacy screens, wheel covers, mirror covers and bras, as well as vent, skylight and wiper covers for many styles of recreational vehicles including Class A, fifth-wheels and travel trailers.

For more information about MCD Innovations, visit their website at www.mcdinnovations.com.

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