History

1956
Founded by Lawrence Lippert

Founded by Lawrence Lippert

LCI’s rich family heritage began more than 55 years ago when Lawrence (Larry) Lippert opened a galvanized roofing shop. The strong foundation laid by Larry led LCI to develop many innovative technologies and improve industry processes.

1978
Doug Lippert takes over as CEO

Doug Lippert takes over as CEO

Doug Lippert continued to expand market share during his tenure as CEO. He oversaw the expansion of the manufactured housing segment, opening facilities across the country to keep up with demand. Doug grew the company’s sales from about $5 million to nearly $100 million.

1987
Acquired Riblets Industries

Acquired Riblets Industries

LCI’s first major acquisition was Riblet Industries, LCI’s major competitor in the manufactured housing market. When the companies combined, LCI’s sales nearly doubled. The acquisition put LCI on the map as the industry leader in manufactured housing chassis.

1992
Assisted in Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort

Assisted in Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort

LCI manufactured thousands of FEMA chassis to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Andrew.

1996
Acquired Continental Stamping

Acquired Continental Stamping

The acquisition of Continental Stamping – LCI’s major supplier of fabricated parts – helped vertically integrate LCI and allowed it to better control the quality and procurement of various steel fabricated parts for chassis production.

1997
Lanched first travel trailer RV chassis line in Pennsylvania

Lanched first travel trailer RV chassis line in Pennsylvania

LCI began serving the RV market with its first line of travel trailer RV chassis.

1997
LCI acquired by Drew Industries

LCI acquired by Drew Industries

A long time player in the manufactured housing and RV markets, Drew Industries acquired LCI in 1997. Having already acquired Kinro several years prior, the acquisition of LCI further strengthened Drew’s foothold in the market.

2001
Acquired We-Shape

Acquired We-Shape

LCI acquired We-Shape and expanded its RV Chassis product line.

2002
Acquired Quality Frames

Acquired Quality Frames

Building on the We-Shape acquisition, LCI purchased Quality Frames in 2002 to expand its growing RV chassis product line.

2003
Jason Lippert takes over as third generation leadership

Jason Lippert takes over as third generation leadership

In 2003, Jason Lippert was named CEO of LCI, and since then has overseen more than 20 acquisitions and the addition of nearly 3,000 employees. Jason’s relentless pursuit for growth has lead LCI to where it is today.

2003
Acquired ET&T

Acquired ET&T

LCI acquired ET&T, a manufacturer of specialty trailer chassis, expanding its market reach into the travel trailer, cargo trailer and adjacent trailer industries.

2004
Acquired Zieman Manufacturing

Acquired Zieman Manufacturing

LCI acquired Zieman manufacturing to expand its market reach by producing boat, equipment, watercraft and motorcycle/ATV trailers. The acquisition of Zieman also allowed LCI to expand its manufactured housing and RV chassis production in California, Arizona and Oregon.

2004
Acquired LTM Manufacturing

Acquired LTM Manufacturing

The LTM acquisition marked LCI’s entrance into the RV components market, providing the foundation it needed to begin developing many convenience leveling and stabilization products such as accessories for slide-out systems, specialty slide-out trays for batteries, LP tanks, storage systems and electric stabilizer jacks.

2005
Acquired Venture Manufacturing

Acquired Venture Manufacturing

LCI acquired Venture Manufacturing, adding to its manufactured housing business.

2006
Acquired HappiJac

Acquired HappiJac

The acquisition of HappiJac added the only patented bed lift mechanism in the industry to LCI’s line of RV accessories. The Happijac Bed Lift conveniently saves space by lifting the bed out of the way so RVers can park their “toys” when not in use. The acquisition of Happijac also allowed LCI to produce a patented slide-out mechanism, truck camper tie downs, camper jacks and turnbuckle systems.

2006
Acquired Steelco

Acquired Steelco

The acquisition of Steelco allowed LCI to further expand its RV Chassis and slide-out footprint.

2007
Acquired Coach Step

Acquired Coach Step

LCI began manufacturing Coach Step products, allowing it to produce heavy-duty weatherproof motorized steps for motorhomes.

2007
Acquired Trailair

Acquired Trailair

Trailair, an industry leader in ride improvement components, was a major acquisition for LCI. The Trailair brand products include the Equa-Flex® rubberized equalizer, the Air Ride Pin Box and the Center Point Air Ride Suspension system.

2007
Acquired Extreme Engineering

Acquired Extreme Engineering

LCI acquired Extreme Engineering and began building specialty trailers for high-end watercraft.

2008
Acquired Seating Technologies/Michiana Mattress

Acquired Seating Technologies/Michiana Mattress

The acquisition of Seating Technologies and Michiana Mattress allowed LCI to begin producing comfortable and durable RV furniture and mattresses to OEM’s custom specifications.

2008
Acquired JT's RV Accessories

Acquired JT's RV Accessories

LCI acquired JT’s RV Accessories and began producing JT’s Elephant Pads, Strong Arm Stabilizers and Digital Levelers – products that dramatically reduce rocking and promote better rest and a more enjoyable camping experience.

2009
Acquired Nappanee Door

Acquired Nappanee Door

The Nappanee Door acquisition marked LCI’s entry into the RV entry door market. In just four years, LCI has introduced more than forty innovations to the RV entry door.

2010
Acquired certain In-Wall® Slide-Out products

Acquired certain In-Wall® Slide-Out products

LCI acquired the rights to manufacture several In-Wall Slide-Out products, namely the revolutionary In-Wall Slide-Out slide mechanism and aluminum RV leveling cylinders.

2010
Acquired the rights to Level Up®

Acquired the rights to Level Up®

LCI acquired the rights to manufacture Level Up, an innovative automatic hydraulic leveling system for fifth-wheels, providing both front-to-rear and side-to-side leveling to protect the chassis.

2010
Acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations

Acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations

LCI acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations and began producing E-Z Cruise rubber suspension systems to dramatically reduce road shock and vibrations on motorhomes. The acquisition of Sellers marked LCI’s entry into the motorized chassis modification market.

2011
Acquired M&M Fabricators

Acquired M&M Fabricators

LCI acquired M&M Fabricators to grow and diversify products into the RV motorhome and specialty markets.

2011
Acquired Home-Style

Acquired Home-Style

LCI acquired Home-Sytle to grow and diversify products into the RV motorhome and specialty markets.

2011
Acquired M-Tec

Acquired M-Tec

LCI acquired M-Tec to expand motorhome chassis modification business by adding the chassis bridge beam used for many types of motorhomes. LCI’s M-Tec division also produces specialty chassis for the RV industry.

2011
Introduced Solera Awning Line

Introduced Solera Awning Line

LCI introduced its popular Solera line of manual and electric awnings and protective slide-out sleeves.

2011
Acquired Starquest

Acquired Starquest

LCI acquired Starquest to expand further into specialty markets by producing windows for truck caps and windows and doors for horse trailers and buses.

2011
Acquired towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation from Dexter Chassis Group

Acquired towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation from Dexter Chassis Group

The Dexter Chassis Group operations acquisition helped make LCI the leading supplier of chassis and slide-out mechanisms for towable RVs.

2012
Acquired Amerimax

Acquired Amerimax

LCI acquired Amerimax and launched an innovative line of RV entry door products developed from combined Amerimax and LCI technology.

2012
Acquired Agile Resources

Acquired Agile Resources

LCI acquired Agile Resources to expand its thermoforming product production in the Midwest and to further expand plastic production for specialty markets.

2013
Acquired Midstates Tool & Die

Acquired Midstates Tool & Die

As part of LCI’s automation initiative, LCI acquired Midstates Tool and Die in order to streamline manufacturing efficiencies.

2013
Jason Lippert named CEO of Drew Industries

Jason Lippert named CEO of Drew Industries

Just ten years after being named CEO of LCI and Kinro, Jason Lippert was named CEO of Drew Industries. Jason’s strong leadership continues to move the company forward to further growth and diversification.

2013
Lawrence Lippert inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

Lawrence Lippert inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

On Aug. 5, 2013, Larry was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for his lifelong work in the industry.

2014
Acquired Star Design thermoforming business

Acquired Star Design thermoforming business

2014
Acquired IDS Electronics integrated electronics business

Acquired IDS Electronics integrated electronics business

2014
Aquired Power Gear

Aquired Power Gear

2014
Aquired Duncan Systems

Aquired Duncan Systems

Replacement market for truck and bus glass

2015
Aquired EA Technologies

Aquired EA Technologies

Commercial vehicle metal fab and e-coat

2015
Acquired SpectAL in Quebec

Acquired SpectAL in Quebec

Acquired SpectAL in Quebec, launching Lippert Components of Canada, INC.

2015
Partner with Furrion

Partner with Furrion

Partner with Furrion, expanding aftermarket electronics sales

2015
Acquired Signature Seating marine furniture business

Acquired Signature Seating marine furniture business

2016
Acquired Highwater

Acquired Highwater

Acquired Highwater, which will further expand our marine furniture capacity.