Emporia, Kan.-based Hopkins Manufacturing Corp., currently marking its 60th year of operation, announced the addition of Mark S. Turgyan as vice president, corporate and business development. According to a press release, Turgyan will lead and direct the company’s growth strategy in mergers, acquisitions and other developmental activities.
“We are pleased to have Mark join our team at Hopkins,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president and CEO of Hopkins, which produces specialized towing products and accessories for the automotive and RV aftermarket. “He has an extensive background in identifying and implementing opportunities to grow businesses, in particular through mergers and acquisitions.”
Most recently, Turgyan served as vice president, corporate development and planning, with Conair Corp. Prior to that he was involved in corporate development with VerticalNet and Right Management Consultants. Additionally, he held financial positions at Silo and Arthur Anderson.
Hopkins products include Hopkins Towing Solutions vehicle-to-trailer wiring and brake controls, BrakeBuddy RV supplemental braking systems, FloTool fluid handling, Carrand automotive cleaning, SubZero automotive winter care, GoGear interior organization and sun protection products, and nVISION vehicle safety products.
The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that B&W Trailer Hitches, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty trailer hitches and aftermarket truck and trailer accessories, was chosen as the 2013 Governor’s Award of Excellence winner.
According to a press release, the Kansas Department of Commerce described Humboldt-based B&W Trailer Hitches as a company that “believes that investment in employee development helps it manufacture better products and has committed extensive resources to worker training programs. The company relies upon innovative technology for its advanced manufacturing, and training helps workers gain technical expertise in many areas.”
They added that “B&W also encourages its employees to participate in local and regional leadership training programs. The company and its employees remain active members of the Humboldt community, especially in their support for the local school district. In addition, B&W works closely with the city to develop land for local retail stores and attractions.”
Award qualifications included:
• Business expansion in Kansas.
• Successful employee retention and recruitment practices.
• Employee training/educational programs.
• Capital investment in Kansas.
• Support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs.
Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George stated that “Kansas is fortunate to have so many successful businesses generating economic growth and creating great jobs. We will continue to work towards ensuring that Kansas provides these companies with the best business environment possible.”
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Camping World, the Good Sam Club and Reese are trying to break the world record for Most Marriage Vow Renewals at the “Get re-hitched with Reese at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally” event at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The event will take place in the Chevy Court on June 14 at 4 p.m.
The current record of 1,087 couples was set in 2009 at the University of Miami (Ohio). Mark Gage, vice president of marketing, anticipates that the Camping World/Good Sam Rally event with Reese will beat the current record.
Couples participating in this event must provide a copy of their original Marriage Certificate to be counted in the final world record setting total. Those attendees who are not married are invited to participate as witnesses and join in the fun. After renewing their vows couples will receive Camping World/Good Sam Rally with Reese memorabilia to mark this memorable occasion.
This is all part of an RV rally hosted by the Camping World and the Good Sam Club, and attracts tens of thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country.
Syracuse is about 2 1/2 hours from Niagara Falls, and near the beautiful Finger Lakes of New York.
CURT Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer and marketer of towing products, recently began operations in Edmonton, Alberta. According to a press release, this is the first and only factory-operated, full-line trailer hitch and towing accessories distribution center in Alberta. For CURT, the facility represents the second distribution center serving Canada.
CURT said the new facility encompasses 25,000 square feet with about 1,500 square feet in office space along with four bay doors and a customer pickup ramp. The facility utilizes a state-of-the-art RF (radio frequency) tracking system, which ensures fast and accurate order selection. It also utilizes Nordson hot melt adhesive and instapak foam packaging which ensures that boxed CURT hitches are tightly packed and will arrive to the customer undamaged. Click here to view a video on CURT’s Distribution process: http://curtmfg.com/lp/8
“CURT is excited to have a company-operated warehouse to service our distributors and dealers in western Canada,” says Shane McNallie, national accounts manager at CURT. “This facility will greatly increase the service levels we offer our customers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.”
An open house was held in early March at the new facility in Edmonton.
Eau Claire, Wis.-based CURT Manufacturing has hired industry veteran Mike McKay in the newly created role of vice president, RV and trailer division.
According to a press release, McKay’s main responsibility will be to “expand CURT’s footprint” to the RV aftermarket. Previously he served with Atlanta-based Stag-Parkway Inc. as vice president of sales and marketing
“Mike’s experience, having worked at the highest levels of the RV aftermarket, makes him a tremendous asset to CURT, and we are very excited to have him on our team as we significantly increase our offering and incomparable service capabilities in this very important channel of the recreational towing Industry,” said CURT CEO Greg Hooks.
CURT’s portfolio of towing products includes fifth-wheel hitches, WD and sway controls, brake controls, custom wiring harnesses, gooseneck hitches and a broad offering of custom-made trailer hitches. For more information visit http://www.curtmfg.com/.
The soon-to-be-released Draw-Tite Class 5 Ultra Frame hitches have some “distinctive attributes,” according to a press release.
“Our new Ultra Frame is a change from regular receiver hitches,” states John Walsh, vice president of sales for Plymouth, Mich.-based Cequent Performance Products. “Hitches have largely been tube construction. In our Ultra Frame line-up, which is heavy-duty trailer hitches, we’ve moved to a cast center section. It has strength and aesthetic characteristics, as well as a larger chain hook-up for easy access. It’s a next-generation hitch.”
Draw-Tite’s new Ultra Frame hitch, with the cast center section, has a higher towing capacity and tongue weight rating than standard hitches. For example, new Ultra Frame hitches for the Ford F-350, 450, and 550 (Cab & Chassis) are rated for 16,000 pounds of towing, and 2,400 pounds of weight carrying tongue weight.
“When we develop new products, we want a trailer hitch to interact very cleanly with the electrical harness, coupler, jack and other products we’ve designed. So we go to great lengths to meet, and sometimes develop, the highest criteria of testing standards,” said Walsh. “We also work with our dealers to connect us with professionals to test and critique our products before we commercialize them. At the end of the day, this approach helps us understand what our products are being used for and how to make sure the consumer will be happy.”
Sumner, Wash.-based Torklift International revealed several new products this year including their Quick Disconnect StableLoad, RV GlowGuide Handrail and SuperHitch Everest Weight Distribution System.
“We are consistently seeking out opportunities to expand in new markets,” said Torklift Vice President Jack Kay in a press release. “Our roots began in truck camping but we have since expanded into manufacturing aftermarket products for all recreational vehicles, trucks and heavy-duty hauling.”
The Quick Disconnect StableLoad is a suspension upgrade that dramatically improves handling and reduces truck sway while hauling or towing anything from a truck camper to a toy hauler.
“Our customers explained to us they felt out of control when hauling heavy loads,” said Torklift General Manager Jay Taylor. “This product resolves that concern and makes the truck drive like a Cadillac, especially when heavily loaded.”
The Quick Disconnect StableLoad is designed for vehicles with lower overload springs with a 1/2-inch hole. Drilling is not required for installation and it engages and disengages in seconds while still attached to the leaf spring.
The RV GlowGuide Handrail is a safety upgrade for any motorhome, truck camper, toy hauler or fifth-wheel. A key feature about it is that the handrail extends the length of the step system allowing for anyone who might have trouble with their steps to safely enter and exit, Kay explained. It glows in the dark for up to 10 hours and doubles as a wash brush.
The largest product released this year is the SuperHitch Everest Weight Distribution System, boasting a tow rating of 20,000 pounds and a 2,000-pound tongue weight, said Taylor. It is capable of safely towing nearly anything and ensures your properly rated hitch will not fail.
Torklift International products carry a lifetime warranty and are made in the USA. For more information about Torklift International, visit www.torklift.com/rvbiz or call 888-908-0325.