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Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Thu Sep 8, 2016
If while at the Supplier Showcase in Elkhart in a couple of weeks, you start to smell the tantalizing odor of shrimp and other food cooking on a grill, the smell might lead you to Fleming Sales Company and the new sidekick grills it will be exhibiting.
The main thing Fleming Sales will be displaying at the showcase is the combination of grills that can be used in a variety of ways on a coach.
Jeff Brady with Fleming Sales says there will primarily be sidekick grills and bumper grills on display and he will be putting them to use in handing out free samples in Dixie Cups to people walking by.
“We’ll be showing our sidekick grills and our new bumper grill irons,” Brady says. “The unit can be used on the front or the back of coaches.”
The bumper grill was introduced last year to wide acclaim throughout the industry and Brady says he wants to make sure dealers and manufacturers are seeing what has been attracting a lot of attention.
“It’s been pretty dramatic. The bumper grill was picked up primarily by pretty much every aftermarket distributor,” Brady says. “We offered it to OEMs a few years back. A few more people want to grill at the front end or tail end of the coach so that has picked up phenomenally. There were a lot of calls for people with smaller units or pickup trucks and ‘how about us,’ so we came out with a hitch arm assembly that will have the same grill.”
The sidekick grills also will be exhibited at the event, while Fleming will be showing a few other items, such as a new standard 2-inch hitch assembly for pickup trucks and a hot water heating system for a motorhome.
But Brady also says a couple luxury items will be displayed, such as a 5-in-1 beverage holder, silverware and upscale dining products.
“We’ve been selling high quality drink holders for five or six years and it’s mostly a premium product,” Brady says. “You can buy one at Wal-Mart for $1, but we retail at around $6 or $7. We’re calling it a 5-in-1 beverage stand and it will accommodate a wine bottle. It’s a round wire base with a center post for a wine bottle. A chrome round top, you can accommodate two wine glasses or two bottles, cans or cups. So it will be five different drinking pieces.”
The Supplier Showcase will be held Sept. 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Norco Industries facility off County Road 6 and Northland Drive.
Stay tuned for more Supplier Showcase stories, showing what each of the suppliers will be displaying.