Blue Ox Institutes Key Management Changes

As Jay Hesse, CEO and president of Blue Ox, battled the disease of cancer, he proactively prepared for the continued growth of the company.   According to a press release, key management and ownership changes have been made at Hesse’s request regarding the supplier’s strategic direction, including: • Ellen Kietzmann will assume the role of CEO and […]

GM Revises Tow Ratings For ‘Light’ Pickups

General Motors has become the first Detroit automaker to rate the towing limits of its light-duty pickups under a common standard that all pickup makers agreed to adopt two years ago. Automotive News reported that in most configurations of the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the maximum trailer weight ratings were reduced […]

Taylor is FCCC RV, Commercial Bus Manager

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCC) is strengthening its product teams with the naming of Gordie Taylor as product manager for RV and commercial bus, effective immediately. According to a press release, Taylor will lead the development and implementation of sales strategy for both chassis lines, working closely with FCCC teams and OEM build partners for both […]

Great American Campout Slated for Saturday

The Great American Backyard Campout, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), set to run on Saturday (June 28). According to a press release, the Great American Backyard Campout, currently marking its 10th year, is designed to promote the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature and support efforts of the […]

Atwood Promotion Well Received by Dealers

Atwood Mobile Products LLC reported an “overwhelming response” to its “Hot On-Demand Promotion” where dealers can qualify for a $100 gift card (U.S. dollars) for every Atwood On-Demand water heater they purchase. According to a press, the promotion ends on June 30 for both U.S. and Canadian dealers. “Atwood is excited about the great response we have received […]

Grand Design RV Produces 2,000th Reflection

Grand Design RV Co. announced today (June 24) the production of its 2,000th Reflection fifth-wheel. “We are very pleased to announce that in less than one year from the introduction of our Reflection fifth-wheel brand,” said Don Clark, president and co-owner of Middelbury, Ind.-based Grand Design, in a press release. “General Manager Micah Staley and his sales team, along […]

Gonyon will Oversee Evergreen Amped Line

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced that Will Gonyon will now oversee sales and production of the Amped toy hauler. According to a press release, Gonyon will determine the direction of the line along with maintaining dealer relations and overseeing Amped sales. Gonyon will also continue as the Sun Valley sales and product manager.  “I look forward to playing an […]

Service Arrangements Set for Blue Ox’s Hesse

Funeral arrangements for Blue Ox CEO and President Jay Hesse have been scheduled through Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, Iowa. Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday (June 26) in the Hesse Event Center at the Pender Public School in Pender, Neb. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with […]

‘Boomer’ Influence on Display at Tampa Show

Industry reports that credit Baby Boomers with the explosion of RV travel aren’t hard to believe judging from the clientele roaming in and around the hundreds of vehicles that were on display at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall last week during the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the […]