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Thu Feb 28, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Next month’s RVX: The RV Experience exhibition in Salt Lake City will draw more than 300 exhibitors. For one of those, Progress Manufacturing Inc., which manufactures the Equal-i-zer sway control hitch and Fastway Trailer Products, the journey will be short, affording the company a rare opportunity to bring RV dealers and distributors in to see how their products are manufactured.
Provo-based Progress Manufacturing is about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, so proximity is good to the new trade show. The company employs about 100 in Provo.
“It provides an opportunity for us to have some of our major distributors and dealers come in for factory tours and for lunch, and to see how well we do things on the manufacturing side,” Sales Account Manager Kim Dewsnup says. “A lot of them will be taking advantage and we are excited to have them come down and take a look. If they are on the East Coast, this is a great opportunity. Our products are 100 percent American-made, which is a rarity.”
Dewsnup has been scheduling visits and more than 20 dealers and distributors have already signed up for factory tours. He expects the number to grow significantly as RVX gets underway. For skiing aficionados, a Progress Manufacturing employee will take a group of visitors skiing at the nearby Sundance Ski Resort on Friday following RVX.
“We will have a 10-by-20-foot booth there and will be highlighting all of our products,” Dewsnup says.
Among those will be a recent modification to Fastway’s Flip jack foot (pictured left), which the company touts as being the only completely automatic jack foot.
“What makes it different is that you can remove it for low-clearance situations,” Marketing Manager Lori Gilson says. “It fits more jacks and you can use the existing jack hole and install it in a second. It fits nearly every tongue jack out there round or square. It extends the jack by six inches and saves 50 cranks, both up and down.”
On the horizon, Gilson says, is a new Equal-i-zer sway control hitch model that Progress will begin manufacturing in late spring or early summer. It will be rated to tow 16,000 pounds.
“It will be extremely beefy,” Gilson says. “We are constantly innovating, testing and improving our product. We have a full engineering team, and it’s quite a large team.”