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Thompson Family RV to Mark 50th Anniversary

March 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Davenport, Iowa-based dealership Thompson Family RV LLC will be holding an open house event April 23-25 to mark it 50th year of operation.

The retailer currently employs 45 workers and recently completed a 22,000-foot expansion on its 17-acre site. Operated by third-generation siblings of Mark, Tim and Brad Johnson along with Ann Thorndyke and Jill Tappendorf, the dealership features a 55,000-square-foot facility with 20 full-size service bays, cross-draft paint booth, 7,000-square-foot parts and accessory store, and three inside showrooms for RVs.

“Our family has the vision to grow our company stronger and more dominate in our marketplace with the foundational strengths that have kept us a stable force in an industry that has endured many cyclical upturns and downturns,” said President Mark Thompson. “There is nothing but good old fashion hard work and integrity of our company’s commitment to do what is right and fair, regardless of the circumstances that have helped Thompson’s to prosper and grow.”

In 2003, Thompson Family RV was awarded the first-ever Founder Award from Middlebury, Ind.-based builder Jayco Inc. The award is presented to a Jayco dealer whose ownership and management “consistently reflect a dedication to outstanding sales and customer support, and which most embodies the spirit of the founders of Jayco.”

“What I believe it takes to be successful in this industry for 50 years is to train and invest in your people, consistently build your customers trust in your company and have business partners with the same values,” Mark Thompson noted.

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