Saturday, November 22, 2014

RV Industry


 The Forest River Corporate offices are shown in this Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 photograph.

The Elkhart woman’s lawsuit alleges she was fired from Forest River because she could no longer do the same work after becoming pregnant. 


Jeff Parrott

Posted on Nov. 14, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.
 Anthony Colley, 27, of South Bend, has pleaded guilty to stealing refrigerators, generators and ice makers for recreational vehicles that were stored at Midwest Distribution Center, also called S&S Companies, at 28812 Phillips St., Elkhart, and selling them on the Internet. Colley was an employee of the company.

The Elkhart warehouse worker admitted to stealing hundreds of RV appliances and selling them on the Internet

Jeff Parrott

Posted on Nov. 14, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.
 The placement of this display manufactured home, lent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame by Fairmont Homes in November 2013, is one way that the hall is appealing more to MH industry officials, said hall president Darryl Shearer.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame is looking to eliminate its $2.4 million debt. 

Jeff Parrott

Posted on Nov. 10, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.
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 Thor Industries president/CEO Bob Martin, pictured in this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, said his company and competitor Forest River Inc. have jointly funded a new Community Foundation to help employees in crisis situations.
Posted on Nov. 6, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

A joint committee will meet monthly to determine grant requests of up to $20,000.

 Piles of new shelving await assembly in an unfinished part of the new MOR/ryde plant on Sterling Avenue in Elkhart, Ind, as shown in this Monday June 2, 2014, photo. Lippert Components is suing the growing company, alleging patent infringement.
Posted on Nov. 3, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.

The recreational vehicle industry supplier says MOR/Ryde Inc. is violating its patent for parts that smooth out the ride for RV trailers.

 Tim Masterman uses a turret truck to move inventory in the Titan Sales and Consulting warehouse Thursday, Oct 16, 2014. The company is growing and needs more space.
Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 8:22 a.m.

Titan Sales and Consulting started out small in 2002, but since then, the adhesive and sealant business has grown – so much so that it’s about to move into a facility twice the size of its current one.

 Al Hesselbart speaking at the 3rd annual Outdoor Lifestyle Show in Hangzhou, China on March 5, 2010. Hesselbart was one of four U.S. representatives who spoke at the event, which he considers the high point of his 20 years with the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Hesselbart is an internationally recognized authority on the history of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. Fittingly, he plans on becoming an full-time RV-er in his retirement.


 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, visited recreational vehicle manufacturer Jayco Inc. in Middlebury on Oct. 14, 2014. Here she's flanked by Joe Thompson, left, Jayco's vice president of operations, and Derald Bontrager, Jayco's president and chief executive officer.
Posted on Oct. 14, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

The first-time congresswoman pressed the president on foreign policy during her visit to a Middlebury factory Tuesday, Oct. 14.

 K-Z Inc. plans to build a new lamination and aluminum welding facility to supply towable recreational vehicles it makes like this Sportsman travel trailer, the Shipshewana-based company announced Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
Posted on Oct. 13, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

K-Z Inc. is receiving income tax credits and training grants from the state of Indiana to build a facility in Shipshewana that will produce RV components. 

 When the Great Recession hit, Elkhart County, Ind. found itself among the hardest-hit places in the nation. The community gained national media and political attention as it struggled to climb its way down from the highest unemployment rate in the country.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:30 a.m.

In part two of a special series marking the 5 year anniversary of the Great Recession, we look at why and how Elkhart County became the poster child for the worst economic disaster in more than a generation.

 Elkhart County has always been something of an industrial town. Click through the timeline to learn more.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Although the manufactured housing industry isn’t exactly suffering these days, it’s still a different beast from what it was before the Great Recession. 

 Lori Floyd, of Goshen, sits in her living room for a portrait on Sept. 10, 2014, in a house she bought just four months before losing her administrative assistant job at Monaco Coach in 2008.
Posted on Oct. 12, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Lori Floyd wanted a more stable future for herself and her daughter and she knew she wouldn’t find it in the RV industry.

 Great Lakes RV Center owner Rob Reid says this
Posted on Oct. 9, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

Though several factors led him to close the business, Great Lakes RV’s owner, Rob Reid, said he’s excited to be back on the manufacturing and product development side of the industry at a time when it’s “booming.”