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Supplier Thetford Corp. Appoints Cordeille CEO

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stephane Cordeille

Effective immediately, Stephane Cordeille has been promoted to CEO of Thetford Corp. According to a news release, the announcement was made Jan. 24.

“Thetford is a global company with very similar operations in the US and Europe,” said Cordeille. “Because of this, nothing changes for our customers and we will continue to make the best use of our global resources to the benefit of all our customers.”

Cordeille has a long history with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford and is already known by many of Thetford’s customers. He joined Thetford in 1988 as sales manager of its French subsidiary. He has served as director of sales and marketing and director of European operations before being named managing director of Thetford’s RV Europe operations in 2004.

Prior to joining Thetford, Cordeille headed up the merchandising team for Gloria-Friskies, a unit of Nestle Corp. He has a degree in economics and attended the Business School of Exeter for commerce and management.

It was also announced that Peter Struijs was promoted to CFO, worldwide. Struijs, who joined Thetford in 1999, has been the European director of finance and IT since 2006. Before that, he was the company’s manager of finance. He holds a bachelor’s in business economics.

“These promotions indicate the strength of personnel at Thetford and the commitment of ownership to reward long-term performance and contribution to the company,” said Michael J. Harris, president and COO of DKM, Thetford’s parent company, referring to the promotions.

 

 

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Thetford Names Quick as New Account Manager

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sean Quick

To keep up with increasing sales demands, Thetford Corp. is expanding its sales force with a new account manager as Sean Quick will cover the company’s Michigan territory.

According to a press release, Quick was promoted internally to the position from Thetford’s customer service and technical support departments. He has 14 years of experience in sales management in the transportation industry and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

“Sean is a valuable member of the company,” said Mary Pouliot, Thetford’s director of customer service. “His product knowledge and exceptional customer service standards will take him far in his new position.”

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford is a leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle, marine and heavy-duty truck industries. Thetford is a privately held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations. For more information visit www.thetford.com.

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Thetford Names New Aftermarket Sales Manager

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Brett Motheral

Brett Motheral has joined industry supplier Thetford Corp. as its new aftermarket sales manager. According to a press release, Motheral has 20 years experience in aftermarket products, including auto accessories and consumer electronics.

“Brett brings us a wealth of aftermarket account knowledge and we are excited to have him joining our team,” said Mike Mesharer, director of RV sales for Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford.

Motheral, a graduate of Western Oregon University, most recently worked in the trucking industry in Elkhart, Ind. He will be relocating to Ann Arbor.

Thetford  is the world’s leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle, marine and heavy-duty truck industries. Thetford is a privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include Norcold, America’s leading manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets; Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy; and Spinflo, a unit in England that manufactures high-quality cooking and heating appliances as well as accessories.

 

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Thetford Hires New Account Manager for Elkhart

November 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Leister

Thetford Corp. has hired Scott Leister as a new account manager to serve recreational vehicle OEMs based in the Elkhart, Ind., area, including Jayco Inc., Forest River Inc. and Newmar Corp.

According to a press release, Leister has previously worked as a direct employee and manufacturer’s rep for major suppliers before joining Thetford. He has an extensive background in RV OEM sales and has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford is the world’s leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle, marine and heavy-duty truck industries. Thetford is a privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations.

 

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Thetford Veterans Chamberlain and Serr Retire

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Chamberlain (left) and Serr

Following more than three decades of stellar employment, Thetford and Norcold team members Ran Chamberlain and Fritz Serr retired in September.

Chamberlain, manager of aftermarket sales, said he has visited 11 countries and every U.S .state except Montana as a representative of Thetford and Norcold the past 37 years. He estimated that he had driven more than 2 million miles and spent 3,600 days on the road, according to a news release.

Serr, Norcold plant manager, retires after 35 years of service. He started his career as a “boxer,” packing Alcoa aluminum siding, before moving to other positions and then, becoming plant manager in 1992. He plans to spend more time on his ranch and with his four grandchildren during retirement.

“Both Fritz and Ran are well-respected and well-liked members of our team,” said Wayne Lorek, vice president of operations, North America. “All of us at Thetford and Norcold extend our best wishes for a happy retirement and hope they both enjoy their next adventures.”

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford Corp. is the world’s leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle, marine and heavy-duty truck industries. Thetford is a privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include Norcold, America’s leading manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets; Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy; and Spinflo, a unit in England that manufactures high-quality cooking and heating appliances as well as accessories.

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Thetford’s Sani-Con is Easy-to-Use, Sanitary

June 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Thetford's Sani-Con system

Thetford's Sani-Con system

Thetford Corp.’s Sani-Con System offers a cleaner, more sanitary and convenient solution to emptying a rig’s holding tank.

Without relying on gravity, Sani-Con utilizes a heavy-duty transfer and macerating pump and works much like a household garbage disposal. It grinds and liquefies black water waste, then pumps it through an extra heavy duty one-inch diameter discharge hose.

The powerful macerating pump can pump waste up terrain without a constant slope or clumsy hose supports.

“For the last two weekends I used the Sani-Con, it pumped slightly uphill 170 feet away and didn’t have any problems,” said Rick Ruble, a satisfied customer.

Sani-Con features a long-lasting discharge hose that stretches up to 21 feet, then retracts more than 80% to a convenient seven feet to save storage space. At the end of the hose is an easy-to-use threaded nozzle designed to fit securely into a variety of dump station inlets, keeping users clean and eliminating the need for additional adapters.

The nozzle has a screw-on cap to keep the entire operation easy and clean. The cap prevents drips and spills during storage, making the unit more sanitary and less odorous than traditional sewer hoses. Thetford’s Sani-Con System is available in both permanently installed and portable models.

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Thetford Offers $35 Rebate on Toilet Purchases

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Bravura toilet by Thetford Corp.

Bravura toilet by Thetford Corp.

This spring and summer RVers can upgrade their RV bathroom with a new, best-in-class Thetford permanent toilet and receive a special $35 manufacturer rebate. Toilets purchased between March 1 and Aug. 31 are rebate eligible. Models included in the promotion are: Aria Classic or Deluxe II, Aqua-Magic V (hand and foot flush), Aqua-Magic Style II or Style Plus and Bravura. Rebate coupons are available at select retail outlets and can be downloaded from the Thetford website, www.thetford.com. Contact Thetford, 7101 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (800) 543-1219 or (734) 769-6000; Fax: (734) 769-2023. info@thetford.com; www.thetford.com.

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Thetford Equips Group’s Mobile Dental Clinic

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thetford and Norcold provided refrigeration and sanitation products for the Community Dental Foundation's newest mobile clinic.

Thetford and Norcold provided refrigeration and sanitation products for the Community Dental Foundation's newest mobile clinic.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp. and its Norcold Inc. subsidiary announced today (Dec. 14) that the companies had partnered with The Community Dental Foundation in Arizona to equip a mobile clinic in an effort to help the foundation provide dental services to underserved children without insurance.

“Community Dental’s volunteer service to children without insurance is generous and fulfills a real need,” said Kevin Phillips, vice president of Thetford Corp. “We are glad to be able to help them with their mission with this donation of our products.”

The companies recently provided the foundation with two AC/DC refrigerators and a Porta-Potti for the foundation’s third mobile clinic.

“Many families don’t have transportation or can’t take time off from work to take their child to the dentist,” said Carsten Loelke, Community Dental chairman and CEO, “so our foundation takes dental service directly to them.  Our state-of-the-art dental clinic provides everything from preventive work, such as cleaning, sealants and dental exams to restorative work, like fillings and stainless-steel crowns.”

According to Loelke, Thetford’s expertise in mobile refrigeration and sanitation made them the only choice for Community Dental.

“Arizona weather is very hot, so our mobile clinic needs refrigerators to store anesthesia and dental supplies that require certain temperatures,” he said. “Sometimes, we are on-site for over 12 hours, so a portable toilet can be essential.

“Thetford and Norcold are reputable companies with quality products for mobile use.  We know they are a big supporter of the community,” Loelke added, “and we are very grateful to Thetford for supplying these products.”

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Thetford Staff & Industry Friends Honor Luzi

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thetford retirement

Thetford retirement

Thetford Corp. colleagues and industry friends gathered Nov. 30 at Thetford’s exhibit during RVIA’s 48th Annual National RV Trade Show to pay tribute to Armin L. Luzi, Thetford’s general manager of marketing who is retiring at the end of 2010 after 25 years with the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based firm. “Armin has been instrumental in the RV industry for the past 25 years, and we invited the industry to help us celebrate his retirement,” said Thetford President Mike Harris, shown here on the left with Luzi as well as Thetford’s Doug Schnell and RVP’s Steve Gokie. During Luzi’s tenure, Thetford grew from a small firm into a leading international supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle, marine and heavy-duty truck industries, Thetford subsidiaries today include Norcold, a manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers; Tecma, a producer of china toilets and waste-transfer systems based in Italy; and Spinflo, an English unit that makes cooking and heating appliances and accessories. “We appreciate all that Armin has accomplished for Thetford during more than 25 years of dedicated service,” added Kevin Phillips, vice president, sales & marketing. “We join the rest of the RV industry in wishing him all the best in retirement.”

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Norcold Recalling ‘Recalled’ RV Refrigerators

November 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Norcold is recalling certain RV refrigerators for a follow-up repair to an earlier recall.

The Thetford Corp. division is recalling Models 1200, 1201, 1210 and 1211, 1200, 1201, 1210 and 1211 4-door refrigerators with cooling unit serial numbers ranging from 700000 to 13085759.

These refrigerators were installed as original equipment in vehicle model years 1997 to 2010. Other recalled refrigerators may have been purchased as replacement during the same period.

It is important to implement this safety enhancement to prevent an unsafe elevation in the temperature of the cooling unit should the unit fail in operation, the company warned. This enhancement seeks to minimize the risk of injury or death due to fire.

If you have any questions, contact the company at (800) 767-9101, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

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