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Webinar seeks to help dealers improve retail sales

(Oct. 28, 2009) -- Presented by Julia Day with Leisure Trends Group, Turning Shoppers into Buyers is based on millions of transactions and thousands of consumer interviews, Leisure Trends Group has compiled regarding the world on retail customers. Read More »

Chinese company expands RV tire production

(Oct. 30, 2009) -- Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is doubling the scope of an expansion project at its Hangzhou Yokohama Tire Co. Ltd. plant in Hangzhou announced earlier this year, pushing the plant’s annual capacity to 5.1 million passenger tires by early 2011. Read More »

ARI reports increased revenue this fiscal year

(Oct. 29, 2009) -- We increased revenues, remained profitable and successfully completed two acquisitions, all within a challenging economic environment,” said Roy W. Olivier, president and chief executive officer of ARI. “We generated $2.7 million in cash from operations for the year, which we used for the two acquisitions, investments in equipment and software development and for the repayment of debt and capital lease obligations.” Read More »

Loans continue to elude small businesses

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- In the Miami area, though a dozen new lenders arrived on the scene, about 100 lenders actively doling out loans in 2008 didn't make a single loan last fiscal year. The total volume of bank SBA loans throughout the district plummeted 43 percent to $466.8 million. Bank of America, long the top SBA lender, made only 31 startup loans in the district totaling $3 million last fiscal year, down a whopping 86 percent. Read More »

Rainmaker Consulting to launch virtual 20 Group for sales

(Oct. 30, 2009) -- The process starts with an in-depth analysis of a dealers’ current sales performance in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. Based on their findings, the groups facilitators will present a specific, customized plan for each individual dealer to help them reach projected sales targets. Read More »

Rex Maughan earns 2009 Sheldon Coleman Award

(Oct. 27, 2009) -- “Rex Maughan is a visionary leader for the recreation and concessions industries. His companies lead the way for others, showing how business should be done to enhance recreation experiences for generations to come,” said Crandall. Read More »

Freightliner achieves zero waste to landfill status

(Oct. 29, 2009) -- Joining an elite group of solid waste-free manufacturing facilities in the United States, Freightliner went from disposing 250,000 pounds per month of solid waste in January 2007 to disposing zero pounds today as a result of numerous environmental efforts implemented at its facility. Read More »

Country Coach loses $8 million since April

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- After shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, Country Coach re-opened in April with high hopes and a smaller staff. As CFO Mark Andersen testified in a bankruptcy hearing Thursday, the company has lost almost $8 million since then. The company also failed to meet sales and production goals set at that time. The company hoped to sell 30 coaches by now, but only 19 have been sold. Country Coach shut down production in early September. Read More »

Affinity Group extends payment to bond holders

(Oct. 28, 2009) -- As of Oct. 23, the bond holders who signed institutional consent letters have agreed to extend the interest payment date on their Affinity Group Holding Inc. notes to Oct. 30. This is the second extenstion announced by Affinity Group in two weeks. Read More »

Gulf Stream to increase manufacturing by 50 percent

(Oct. 30, 2009) -- To meet demand, the Nappanee facility will hire 50 production workers and increase its manufacturing by 50 percent next week, followed by a 25 percent increase after the National RV Trade Show in Louisville in early December, Donati said. The company even expects the number of orders to keep the motorized division busy enough that employees will not be given extra time off during the holidays. Read More »

Shipments up 13 percent over September 2008

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- In what is probably the best news to hit the RV industry this year, figures released today by the RV Industry Association show that total shipments rose 13 percent in September, compared to 2008 figures. Read More »

Government claims U.S. GDP rose in September

(Oct. 29, 2009) -- "The return to positive GDP growth after four quarters of decline is encouraging. As well, the strength reflected the return to positive growth by a number of key expenditure areas with inventories continuing to be drawn down. The lower level of inventories implies that there will be a greater need for production going forward as demand continues to trend higher," said Ferley. Read More »

Michiana job market could be bouncing back

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- A LaGrange County RV company is looking to hire. After a tough year, Crossroads in Topeka is hiring 125 new workers. The company has turned a corner, changing its ways after the bigger, less eco-friendly RVs of the past fell out of favor due to high gas prices. They're now making smaller, lighter RVs, and demand is on the way up. Read More »