(Oct. 22, 2013) — “With the completion of the sale of the bus business, Thor is embarking on a new period in its history with a focus purely on the growth of the RV business,” said  Orthwein.  “This marks the second year in a row that we have paid a special dividend and is another example of our priority in returning cash to our shareholders.”

(Oct. 22, 2013) — Atwood Mobile Products announced today that it has opened a new distribution center at 2040 Toledo Road in Elkhart. The company will celebrate the opening of the new facility today at 4 p.m. Eastern.

(Oct. 22, 2013) — “We are excited to complete this acquisition and officially welcome all employees and dealers to the ASV family,” said Peter Guile, president and CEO of Allied Specialty Vehicles. “For our new employees, customers and suppliers, we expect a seamless transition to new ownership.”

(Oct. 21, 2013) — The first three days of the show attracted record attendance with a higher number of walk ups than achieved on previous years. Attendance culminated in 26,632 visitors Oct. 19, with some companies reporting sales of more than 200 units. A further 19,996 visitors attended the show Oct. 20.

(Oct. 21, 2013) — “We decided to exit the RV financing business after a lengthy and thoughtful review of the operations and resources required to support the business,” spokesperson Betty Riess told RV Daily Report.

(Oct. 21, 2013) — “This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities. These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company,” said Lemonis.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — On Wednesday night, Camping World got approval from the Cedar Falls Planning and Zoning Commission to expand its parking lot to make room for more vehicle displays, but only after the commission granted some concessions on a series of landscaping ordinances, writes the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “The support we’ve received every year for this event is a blessing for which we are deeply grateful,” said Pletcher. “Without the kindness of our sponsors, we could not make the prayer breakfast happen. It’s not financially viable on its own, so the donations of companies and individuals like you are quite simply the lifeblood of the event.”

(Oct. 18, 2013) — TriMas Corporation today announced that Cequent Performance Products reached an agreement with Pacific Rim International, LLC that protects Cequent’s intellectual property rights for its Bulldog brand 2-speed jack design.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “We believe we have the best dealer network in the industry and we are particularly proud that Winnebago Industries is the only manufacturer to be honored for this award from RVDA every year since 1996,” said Potts.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “Now, with the addition of the Zerk feature where the RVers can lubricate the threaded rod that raises and lowers the trailer, the test results show that Ultra-Fab’s tongue jacks last a minimum of five times longer than any competitors’ products,” said Searer.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — Marcus Lemonis will give the most famous command in motorsports – “Drivers, Start Your Engines” – serving as Grand Marshal for the Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, which is scheduled for a green flag at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — While Keystone RV has been a perennial Quality Circle Award winner, this year’s total of seven awards sets a company record, said Runels. “Excellence in dealer satisfaction is a goal Keystone continuously strives to achieve,” he added.

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “We’re primarily looking for families, but can expand that to an unusual group of people who hang out together on the road,” said Donovan Jacobs, with Skip Films. “If you make money in weird ways, especially with that group of people, we definitely want to talk to you.”

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “Old training set salespeople up to put the client on the wrong product, or to lead salespeople to believe that the client can make the selection even though they do not have all the facts,” said Sobel. “Let’s call the product a square and the client’s budget a circle. This principle exposes the importance of lining up the circle and square before you show the product.”

(Oct. 18, 2013) — “For 2014, we tied together a wide range of campground-related products and services in an eye-catching three-dimensional design,” said Pelland. “We hope that the first impression that the cover creates will make it more likely that recipients will open the guide, keep it on file, and reference it throughout the year.”

(Oct. 17, 2013) — Lippert Components today announced it is partnering with HSM to provide RV manufacturer customers with top-quality American-made RV entry steps manufactured by HSM.

(Oct. 17, 2013) — A life celebration in memory of former RVDA President Bob Strawn has been set for Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at Josephine Baptist Church in Josephine, Ala., the family announced today.

(Oct. 17, 2013) — “Due to attractive credit markets and the company’s continued strong financial performance, we had the opportunity to refinance our credit facilities with terms better than our existing facilities,” said Zeffiro.

(Oct. 17, 2013) — “Increased consumer and dealer demand for our products drove our exceptional growth in Fiscal 2013,” said Potts. “We have introduced a number of new and exciting products in product segments and price points new to Winnebago Industries, which will provide us with additional growth opportunities in the future.”


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