Drew Family of Companies Gearing Up for 47th Annual RV Trade Show

Nov 25, 2009, 12:05 ET from Drew Industries Incorporated

GOSHEN, Ind., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Drew Industries (NYSE: DW) family of companies, including Lippert Components, Inc., Kinro, Inc., Kinro Composites, Seating Technology, Michiana Mattress, and Happijac are all preparing for their biggest-ever participation at the upcoming 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY December 1st-3rd.

"Business has been significantly better in the last few months. Production levels throughout the RV industry have been up since August, and are expected to stay well ahead of last year right through December. We have also been busier than I can ever remember developing an exceptional number of new products for our RV customers," said Jason Lippert, President and CEO of Lippert Components and Kinro. "Many of the new RV models our customers will be unveiling at the show are equipped with a wide array of products from the Drew companies."

Drew's subsidiaries will be launching several products they consider first to the market, including an innovative new in-wall slide system that eliminates the need for cables, to be introduced by Lippert Components. Lippert will also be showing their full line of RV entrance doors with options that include a security alarm system, lighted entry and remote keyless entry. Seating Technology and Happijac co-developed a multifunctional electric bed system, typically used in toy haulers, which can be converted into a dinette area with surround seating and a removable table. Kinro Composites is unveiling a slide-out fascia made with highly durable and lighter weight thermoformed plastic with a wood grain overlay. Seating Technology is introducing a new tent design allowing increased head room in the expandable bunk of the tent trailer, and including a patent pending design in which the tent interlocks with the bed door, considered to be the first in the industry to prevent leaking. Michiana Mattress is presenting their entire line of mattresses that now includes an Evergreen brand featuring an eco-friendly design. Other products to be featured at the show include Kinro's new line of bonded windows and acrylic windows featuring aluminum frames.

"From our remote control system that controls various RV accessories, and our new Quickbite coupler, to our electric stabilizers, tri-glide suspension and new sewer management system, we'll be displaying an incredible number of new products," said Jason Lippert. "It goes without saying that we'll have all of our core products at the show as well, but this clearly marks a year in which we have taken new product development to an exceptional level," Lippert added.

"We have been pushing the envelope on design for all of our RV customers. Our design teams have been working around the clock to produce not only exactly what our customers are asking for, but also to offer products that will give our customers the edge they need in the market place," said Brian Donat, Marketing Director. "Our unique new display for the National RV Trade Show includes a more hands-on approach to viewing all our innovative products, so that our customers and dealers can appreciate the full benefit of the products we have to offer," Donat added.

Drew, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Kinro and Lippert Components, supplies a broad array of components for RVs and manufactured homes, including windows, doors, chassis, chassis parts, bath and shower units, axles, and upholstered furniture. In addition, Drew manufactures slide-out mechanisms for RVs, and trailers primarily for hauling boats. Currently, from 27 factories located throughout the United States, Drew serves most major national manufacturers of RVs and manufactured homes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Additional information about Drew and its products can be found at www.drewindustries.com.

SOURCE Drew Industries Incorporated