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Texas RV dealer offers to buy a 50 percent stake in County Coach

(Aug. 13, 2009) -- Recreation Live agreed to buy six County Coach motorhomes and to invest $4 million in return for a 50 percent equity stake in the company. In addition, the dealership agreed to commit to buying an increasing number of coaches in the future and to open at least three factory stores. Read More »

New members inducted into the RV Hall of Fame

(Aug. 5, 2009) -- A new group of 10 RV industry professionals was formally inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Monday during a special ceremony at the Hall of Fame building honoring the men and women for a lifetime of achievement and commitment to their perspective companies as well as the industries they serve. Read More »

Federal small business lending plan off to slow start

(Aug. 17, 2009) -- The goal of America's Recovery Capital loan program, part of the government's economic stimulus package, is to assist viable, but temporarily struggling, small businesses by offering them interest-free loans of up to $35,000 with lenient repayment terms. Banks started accepting applications for the government-backed loans June 15. but only $39 million in loans have been approved. Read More »

U.S. trade deficit widens in June; Canada posts small trade deficit

(Aug. 12, 2009) -- The U.S. trade balance widened to -$27.0 billion in June following May’s -$26.0 billion reading. Expectations within financial markets were for a -$28.7 billion reading. Rising exports and falling imports resulted in a significant narrowing in Canada's trade deficit in June, which came in at $55 million, much smaller than May's revised $1.1 billion trade shortfall and forecasts for a $0.7 billion gap. Read More »

Confusion leads to Indiana officials missing Obama speech

(Aug. 10, 2009) -- Because of an apparent mass amount of confusion, Wakarusa Town Manager Tom Roeder and members of the Town Council did not attend Obama's Wednesday news conference on electric vehicles, although several other local politicians did. Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson, meanwhile, was not invited. Nappanee and Wakarusa, separated by just six miles, work closely together on many issues, including business. Read More »

Six elected to RVIA board of directors

(Aug. 27, 2009) -- Members of the RV Industry Association elected two incumbents and four new members to the group's board of directors following the annual elections which concluded Aug. 24. Each of the newly elected board members will begin serving Oct. 1. Read More »

Cummins plans shorter shutdown of Indiana plant

(Aug. 19, 2009) -- Cummins Inc. says its shutdown of a central Indiana plant where it builds Dodge Ram engines will be shorter than planned. The company had anticipated a two-month shutdown of its Columbus Midrange Engine factory beginning in mid-August, but said Tuesday that would be shortened to three weeks. Read More »

Outdoors RV delivers its first WindRiver travel trailer

(Aug. 31, 2009) -- Rick Breeden, general manager of Big Country RV in Bend, Ore., was presented with the first WindRiver travel trailer produced by Outdoors RV Manufacturing. The WindRiver is one of four brands Outdoors RV will be focusing on in producing rugged and durable RVs for the Northwest and Western Canada. Read More »

Arizona RV dealership sees rising RV stock prices as sign of comeback

(Aug. 26, 2009) -- "The industry's definitely going through some positive changes. We're not just hanging on; we're moving forward. Many dealers are increasing inventory," said Ethington. "There's news of expansion amongst large dealers and wholesalers. We're hearing more talk of the 'future' of the industry and what we can expect. And I have to say I like what I hear." Read More »

New Indiana RV manufacturer hopes to hire 85 workers

(Aug. 20, 2009) -- A newly created Miami County manufacturing business hopes to create 85 jobs during the next two years.
The Miami County Council Tuesday passed through the first reading an ordinance to provide up to $150,000 in incentives over the next five years to support Riverside Travel Trailers. Read More »

Horse camping being added at Carter Caves State Park

(August 18, 2009) -- The campground at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill is getting $1.3 million so horse camping sites can be added at the park. State park officials estimate between eight and twelve full service sites for horse camping will be added. Read More »

U.S. consumer spending rises in July

(Aug. 28, 2009) -- "The 0.2 percent rise in the volume of personal consumer expenditures in July following an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in June is encouraging as it points strongly to a return to positive growth in consumer spending in the third quarter," said Ferley. "Our current monitoring suggests an annualized increase in the third quarter of 1.7 percent up from the 1 percent decline recorded in the second quarter." Read More »

Dealers enjoy record sales at Denver RV show

(Aug. 25, 2009) -- Jim Humble, general manager of Windish RV, reported having sold 40 units at the show. “Our sales were up 20 percent over last year’s sale,” he said. Humble wasn’t the only dealer who did well. Joe Lake, a field manager with K&C RV, reported selling more than 20 units, and Steve Casement, owner of Steve Casey’s Recreational Sales, sold more than 10 units. Read More »