Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 1, 2013

Brief Case

Goshen News


Grand Design to receive award

Officials at Middlebury-based Grand Design RV have announced that they will receive the RV Dealer Association’s “Quality Circle Award” at the upcoming Louisville RV show.

Don Clark, Grand Design’s president and co-owner, said, “We are both honored and thrilled to be receiving this award. ...This very special award is a derivative from a (survey) by our dealers. It’s like the ‘People’s Choice’ award of the RV industry. Our dealers are our life blood and to get this kind of endorsement is huge. This year’s award is also special because it is Grand Design’s very first year in business and the award is affirmation that we are headed in a positive direction.”

Clark said the Solitude luxury extended-stay fifth-wheel was Grand Design’s only brand manufactured at the time of the dealer survey, and it received record-high scores.

“Marc Hauser, Solitude’s general manager, and his sales and design teams did a remarkable job creating the Solitude,” Clark said. He also praised Grand Design’s service group, headed by Jerry McCarthy, vice president of service operations.


Hazelbaker joins Genesis Products

Officials at Genesis Products Inc. recently announced that Matt Hazelbaker has joined the management team to take over operations and help position the company for strategic growth.

Hazelbaker is a recreation vehicle industry veteran, having spent 13 years at Lippert Components, where he held a number of positions as part of the executive management team.

Hazelbaker has been named vice president of operations and will oversee all of the company’s Indiana plants as well as managing all Genesis operational standards.

“Matt is recognized throughout the industry as an experienced operating executive,” said Jon Wenger, Genesis president and chief executive officer.

Hazelbaker served as the president of Voyager Inc. from 2011 to 2013 after his tenure at Lippert Components and also as president and chief operating officer of Merhow Acquisition Corp. in 2013. He lives in Goshen with his wife Kari, son Nicholas and daughter Madeline.


Gulf Stream touts travel trailers

The newly redesigned Gulf Breeze and Streamlite laminated lightweight travel trailers from Gulf Stream Coach Inc. have been gaining momentum in the marketplace, according to company officials.

The Nappanee -based company reported that 40-plus dealers from across the country have added the Champagne Edition and Ultra-Lite product to their inventory lineup.

“Our concept of lightweight luxury is really hitting a sweet spot with dealers,” said Brad Whitehead, general manager of Gulf Stream’s Lightweight Division.

Gulf Stream personnel will be showing product at the 51st National RV Trade Show this week in Louisville, Ky.


Kauffman named VP of manufacturing

Officials at Middlebury-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles announced that Pete Kauffman has been appointed vice president of manufacturing for both EverGreen and its Lifestyle Luxury RV division.

Kauffman will be responsible for manufacturing, production and distribution of all EverGreen and Lifestyle Luxury brands. He brings more than 24 years of RV industry management and sales experience, and has been a part of several new company startups in the RV industry.