RVDA NewsBrief
March 31, 2010

Heartland RV expanding, creating hundreds of new jobs
Inside Indiana Business
Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has unveiled plans to expand its operations in Elkhart, IN, creating up to 265 jobs by 2013. The RV manufacturer expects to spend more than $2.6 million to purchase and equip a 125,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. The expansion comes after Heartland announced in February it had acquired the last active towable brand trademarks from Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.More

RV dealers expect much better sales this year
Washington Business Journals
More people are answering the call of the open road. RV dealers report big sales increases, and RV show organizers say there’s been higher attendance at their events in early 2010. The number of RV units shipped from national manufacturers to dealers rose by 116 percent from January 2009 to January 2010, from 7,300 units to 15,800, according to RVIA.More

Illinois RVDA member expands
The Pantagraph
Pontiac RV, an RVDA member in Pontiac, IL, has managed to thrive in the current recession, recently completing a major expansion. Kent Kafer, who co-owns the facility with siblings Kevin Kafer and Courtney Farrell, said that the expansion was also a means of helping the business and its employees during the economic downturn.More

Go to Grow — Innovative Ideas, Revolutionary Results: registration opens for 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
RVDA & The RV Learning Center
Registration is now open for the 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 4-8, sponsored by RVDA – The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center.More

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The RV Learning Center
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Small travel trailers are cooler, more multifunctional
Travel trailer popularity is surging among families and adventurers wanting to make the most of road-trip destinations. They can go pretty much anywhere, and can be towed by nearly any truck or SUV and, in some cases, even small cars. This new generation of trailers is hipper, lighter, and more agile than ever before. More

What You Should Know Before You LLC
American Express Open Forum
There is an assumed measurement of power and prestige to a business when it adds an LLC or Limited Liability Company suffix to its business structure. That assumption and perception actually has just a part of what incorporating a business can actually bring. More