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Organizers cancel Midwest RV Supershow

(Sept. 1, 2009) -- Organizers of the Midwest RV Super Show had postponed the typical August event at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, but have now dropped plans for a fall show. Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council director Mark Bowersox says that because of the recession he doesn’t think it could put on a decent show for dealers and consumers this year. Read More »

U.S. retail sales stronger than expected in August

(Sept. 15, 2009) -- "That strength was clearly evident in today’s report with the autos and parts component rising 10.6 percent," said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist with RBC Economics Research. "However, even excluding these sales, activity rose a stronger-than-expected 1.1 percent, which was almost triple the 0.4 percent expected within financial markets." Read More »

Navistar posts third quarter loss

(Sept. 10, 2009) -- Included in the results is the impact of the asset acquisition of the recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturing business of Monaco Coach Corporation, which resulted in an extraordinary gain of $23 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the third quarter. The gain is a result of the company being able to acquire the RV inventories out of bankruptcy and the effects of purchase accounting with the fair value of the acquired assets. Read More »

Damon cuts costs with new communications providers

(Sept. 3, 2009) -- Smoothstone was able to provide SIP trunking to the Cisco equipment that NSI configured and installed, providing Damon Motor Coach with a highly reliable and managed MPLS WAN and voice service that delivered a full suite of enterprise-class unified communication capabilities. Read More »

Two Keystone employees contract dangerous staph infection

(Sept. 14, 2009) -- Both of the cases involve men who work at separate plants in Goshen. The employees are expected to be fine, a company official said Friday. The first case occurred last month, while the most recent infection was confirmed Thursday. The plants have since been sanitized, said Bob Martin, Keystone's executive vice president, who added steps included using a bleach solution on everything from tools to chassis to machinery. Read More »

Workhorse releases white paper touting its 2010 emissions solution

(Sept. 8, 2009) -- A great debate has formed among chassis manufacturers regarding which solution is the best for meeting the stringent new rules that require diesel soot particulate emissions to be cut by 90 percent next year. Some manufacturers are employing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet those requirements, while Navistar and Workhorse have opted to employ exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). Read More »

New program allows buyers to negotiate RV prices online in real time

(Sept. 2, 2009) -- The Vision system invites shoppers to submit their offer to the dealer who can receive it, counter or accept the offer, and return it to the buyer on the same web page within minutes. It’s a real-time, interactive process that gives dealers an unprecedented advantage over their counterparts.” Read More »

Newmar picks up East Coast dealer

(Sept. 4, 2009) -- Newmar Corporation announced today that Spallco Vehicle Sales is the company’s newest East Coast towable dealer. Located in Newark, Del., Spallco will carry the Cypress Fifth Wheel product line. Read More »

Corporate salary increases predicted to be the lowest in 25 years

(Sept. 1, 2009) -- The 2010 median forecast salary increase budget is 3 percent in all employee categories, down a half percent from the previous year. Salary increase budgets refer specifically to the pool of money that an organization dedicates to salary increases for the coming year. Generally, it is represented as a percentage of current payroll. Read More »

Canadian housing starts jump in August

(Sept. 9, 2009) -- Residential construction activity unexpectedly increased in the second quarter after five consecutive quarterly declines and July/August starts point to housing maintaining positive momentum in the third quarter. The second quarter's rise largely reflected renovation activity and a boost to commissions paid on home sales. Read More »