Pletcher Sales, a long-time distributor of residential textiles to the RV industry, has added ceramic and natural stone offerings to its product portfolio through a strategic alliance with Interceramic Inc.
Established in 1988, co-owner Brian Pletcher said the firm is intent on becoming a “one-stop shop” for OEMs, sourcing products that meet a growing trend toward RV interiors presenting a home-like environment.
“We made our mark in textiles, supplying fabrics, vinyls and leathers that provide a residential look and quality,” said Pletcher, noting the Bristol, Ind.-based company also services the marine industry. “But we have grown considerably in the last five years through diversification, particularly with partners that manufacture innovative tile and stone products. They have a variety of applications in RVs, including kitchen backsplashes, floor tiles and fireplace surrounds.”
Pletcher said Interceramic is one of the largest tile manufacturers in North America, backed by a reputation for “high-end quality and world class designs.”
“Interceramic’s line complements our other products,” he said. “The RV industry has traditionally lagged behind the residential market, but we have become more proactive in finding companies that are offering new design ideas and products that consumers would want in their homes.”
Interceramic’s products are currently on display at Pletcher Sales’ showroom in Bristol.
Culp Inc., a leading textile design/manufacturer to the furniture industry based in High Point, N.C., has forged a partnership arrangement with Pletcher Sales Inc., Bristol, Ind., which will now represent Culp to the RV industry.
Until recently, Culp operated a showroom in Elkhart, Ind., focusing on the RV industry but decided to close that showroom and retain Pletcher Sales as its local representative focusing on new product development specifically targeted to the RV industry.
Culp Inc. president Liam Waters announced the decision in a letter dated Monday (April 20) that went out to industry manufacturers.
Over the past several years, Culp Inc. has reinvented its business model, according to a statement by Waters.
“Today we are the clear leaders in design, color and innovation to the residential upholstered furniture industry,” he stated.
“We would like to forge a similar leadership in the RV industry,” he continued. “We feel that this alliance with Pletcher Sales Inc. can go a long way toward achieving that end. Their leadership, expertise and knowledge of the industry, combined with Culp’s capability, creates a compelling partnership.”
“We would like to assure our valued existing customers that we are committed to a seamless transition. All pricing will remain unchanged and together we will strive to provide the highest level of service possible,” Waters said.
As of Monday, Pletcher was taking orders for Culp Inc. Pletcher’s toll-free number is (866) 848-9488. Its fax is (574) 848-0949.
Pletcher Sales has become a leading design house to RV manufactures focusing on everything from fabrics and leather to vinyl and trim.