Lippert Components® and Kinro® relocate RV thermoforming production to Indiana; Axle production slated for Texas
ELKHART, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), and its sister company Kinro, Inc.®, collectively one of the largest suppliers of plastic bathroom and kitchen products to the RV and manufactured housing industries, have moved RV thermoforming plastics production from a Waxahachie, Texas, facility to Elkhart, Ind. This move will allow their Plastics Division to grow, while also opening up space for the Texas facility to begin axle production.
“It was a natural move for us to relocate a portion of our thermoforming manufacturing to Indiana,” said LCI President Scott Mereness. “The new location allows us to collaborate more closely with customers on product development. Further, we will use the open manufacturing space in Texas for axle production. Now both of these product lines have room to grow and are strategically positioned closer to the customer base they will primarily serve.”
The Plastics Division moved into a newly outfitted 103,000-square-foot facility in Elkhart. The new Plastics Division facility produces CSA-certified Better Bath® product line of bathtubs, shower receptors, tub and shower wall surrounds and kitchen sinks; as well as wheel-well liners, storage boxes, panels for fifth-wheel fronts and slide-out panels.
The Texas facility should begin producing axles for utility and horse trailer manufactures in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding areas in early September. The Texas facility will also continue manufacturing windows and thermoformed products for other industries that LCI and Kinro serve.
General Manager Bill Mitchell said, “Our decision to move production of our plastic RV products to Elkhart is another example of our commitment to continually improve and meet customer needs. We’re excited to begin producing axles for customers in the space freed up from the move.”
From over 70 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions, sound systems, navigation systems, and backup cameras; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at www.lci1.com.
Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514