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TriMas completes refinancing activities

(Jan. 14, 2010) -- "The refinancing activities of the past month improve and extend TriMas' debt maturity profile, as well as provide additional financial flexibility that allows us to continue to execute on our business plan," said Wathen. "We will remain focused on improving our operating performance via productivity initiatives and increased cash generation, allowing us to continue our progress in reducing debt and strengthening the balance sheet."

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CrossRoads RV launches new website

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- Phase  one of the cutting-edge website will offer dealers and retail customer’s enhanced navigation. In addition to full product descriptions, photo galleries, owner’s forum, the site offers floor plan specific product tours.

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Outdoor Industry Association receives grant to create eco index

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- The Phase 1 Eco Index, scheduled to be released at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010, will include guidelines for packaging, product manufacturing and materials used in outdoor products as well as tools for measuring greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste. The initial Index will be open for beta testing by global brands.

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Texas dealer to carry Four Winds products

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- O’Banion says that Motor Home Specialist has been selling Four Winds’ pre-owned RVs since the dealership’s inception in 1995. The Dallas-area dealership began stocking new Four Winds Class A and Class C models in December.

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Space still available for MBA RV Rental School

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- "Our main objective with rental school is to provide our client's with a competitive advantage," said Johnson. "Because our classes are led by experienced RV rental dealers, attendees will learn first-hand how to successfully grow their business."

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Navistar pays Indianapolis more than $1 million for lost jobs

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- Navistar had received $18 million over 11 years in three separate tax abatements. But, due to the economy, the company couldn't retain 1,873 jobs it had committed to, and the firm said it would shut an engine manufacturing plant. Consequently, the city sought return of part of the tax abatement money.

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RV dealers oppose FEMA auction of travel trailers

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- Dealers say the auction of units used in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will hurt an already depressed market, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported. Two U.S. Senators, Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, told the paper they working to stop the auctions.

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Connecticut RV dealer sees improved buyer attitude at local show

(Jan. 13, 2010) -- Andro said that buyers were more excited and were asking all the right questions at this year's event. "We're giving a lot of price quotes," he said. "Last year and the year before, we saw a lot of people, but they were all saying they were going to wait to see how the economy is. I think people have learned how to live in the new world."

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Small business owners end 2009 with a thud

(Jan. 12, 2010) -- “2009 was a very difficult year for small business,” said Dunkelberg. “Continued weak sales and threatening domestic policies from Washington, have left small business owners with little to be optimistic about in the coming year."

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Navistar offers cash for surplus parts

(Jan. 12, 2010) -- Known as customer parts recovery (CPR), expands a program that was previously offered only to large fleet customers. By working with their U.S. or Canadian International dealer, customers can return unused inventory, overstocks or obsolete parts, regardless of prior purchase history, Today's Trucking reported. The businesses will receive 25 percent of the value of the products.

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(Jan. 12, 2010) -- The consignment website for obsolete parts now offers a new feature called the “Part Finder” which allows a dealer to simply fill out a form on the website, then the company forwards the information on the needed parts to dealers and suppliers across the country.

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