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Conference Board investigates ways to engage employees following downsizing

(June 15, 2009) -- “Survivor syndrome” refers to a marked decrease in motivation, engagement and productivity of employees that remain at the company as a result of downsizing and workforce reductions. It entails a series of complex psychological processes and subsequent behavioral responses. Those who actually carry out the downsizing are also “survivors.” Read More »

GM cuts support of Camping World Racing Series

(June 11, 2009) -- Word broke today that General Motors is cutting its factory support for Chevy teams in both NASCAR Camping World and Nationwide Series. This is depressing news for a sport which is also suffering from lower ticket sales, lack of sponsorship and still reeling from a round of 2008 layoffs. Read More »

Thor releases third quarter financials

(June 10, 2009) -- "We continue to substantially increase our market share in both towable and motorized RVs. For the three months ended March, our travel trailer and fifth wheel share increased to 32.6 percent from 30.2% last year and our motor home share increased to 16.7 percent from 13.3 percent last year," said Wade F. B. Thompson, Thor chairman. "We also increased our market share in the first quarter in the small and mid-size bus industry to 41 percent from 37 percent. Our operating cash flow is positive, we continue to have zero debt, and we believe our cash and working capital is the strongest in our industries." Read More »

RVIA boosts seal price to $35 to cover budget shortfall

(June 12, 2009) -- RVIA’s Board of Directors capped an intense week of activity at Committee Week by approving an increase of the RVIA seal price to $35 to help address the growing pressure on the association’s budget caused by the reduction in show and dues income due to the downturn in the RV market. Read More »

Carriage VP says its time for company to “unhunker”

(June 11, 2009) -- "We've been hunkered down for a while. Now I think it's time to 'unhunker," said Don Emahiser. "We're expecting to see a small bump rising through the rest of the year. Dealers are telling us they are seeing the bump, too, but they are being cautious to see if its a false increase or part of a real economic recovery." Read More »

Blogger pitches idea for battling air conditioner power surge

(June 15, 2009) -- "And so my proposal is that such an inverter also be available to provide surge power to the AC compressor when it starts, even if the generator or shore power is on. The extra 1,000 or so watts the inverter can provide would allow the use of a smaller, cheaper generator. This requires an inverter that can sync to the phase of the incoming AC, and of course safety circuits to assure that power is not fed back into the shore power port when it is disconnected." Read More »

RV industry showing signs of recovery

(June 11, 2009) -- According to a new RV industry forecast, Dr. Richard Curtin, Director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan, said shipments are projected to total 169,500 units in 2010 – a 24 percent increase from the 136,500 predicted for 2009. Read More »

RV shipments to improve 24 percent in 2010, Curtin predicts

(June 9, 2009) -- The recreation vehicle industry’s shipments are projected to total approximately 169,500 units in 2010 — a 24 percent increase from the 136,500 predicted for 2009 — according to a new forecast by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, released at Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Membership Meeting on June 9. Read More »

Monaco converts bankruptcy from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7

(June 22, 2009) -- "As of June 4, Monaco Coach Corporation closed the sales of their luxury motorhome resort and core manufacturing assets. That same day, the debtor's authorization to use cash collateral expired. The Debtors have no source of free cash to satisfy the administrative expenses that will continue to acrue if these cases are maintained in Chapter 11," the peition read. Read More »