Drew Industries expands internationally with acquisition of Italian manufacturer Project 2000
Elkhart, Ind. – May 4, 2016 – Drew Industries Incorporated (NYSE: DW), a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles (RVs) and manufactured homes, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), has acquired Project 2000 S.r.l., a Florence, Italy-based manufacturer of motorized entry steps, bed lifts and RV accessories. Sales of the acquired business for 2015 were approximately €10 million.
“This is a significant step for LCI,” said Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components and Drew Industries. “We have been working tirelessly to establish a presence in the European caravan market for the last three years. Project 2000’s team, products and innovative focus were key factors in our decision to make this acquisition, and we believe they will provide a great foundation for LCI in the European RV market.”
The purchase price was €16.3 million, which was paid at closing from available cash, plus contingent consideration based on future sales. After funding this acquisition, Drew remains well-positioned to take advantage of other investment opportunities.
Project 2000 was founded in 1995 by Davide Nardini and his wife Susanna Azzolini after a camping trip left him desiring more functionality out of his camper’s entry step. Nardini quickly engineered a better motorized step that was quickly adopted by the European caravan industry. Project 2000’s entry steps have evolved over the years to become a mainstay in the European RV market, and more innovative products followed. They began manufacturing television mounts in 2000, and in 2004 began production of a high-quality, space-saving bed lifting system that many US manufacturers use today.
“I have always had a passion to improve the RV experience,” said Davide Nardini, CEO of Project 2000. “I was drawn to Lippert Components because of their similar desire for innovation. I believe that, together, our companies can design and innovate some of the best RV products for the North American and European RV markets for years to come.”
"Project 2000 is anticipated to be LCI’s springboard into the European RV supply market,” continued Lippert. “Project 2000’s world class team of designers and engineers will help transition LCI products, like slide-out mechanisms, into the European RV market. LCI’s strength in the North American RV market has always been bringing new and innovative products that enhance the mobile lifestyle. We plan on bringing more products and choices to the European market, and we expect to provide Project 2000 the necessary resources to develop these products.”
About Drew Industries
From 45 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the United States and in Canada and Italy, Drew Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components®, supplies a broad array of components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, and to a lesser extent supplies components for adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; pontoon boats; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units. Drew’s products include steel chassis; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; windows; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; chassis components; furniture and mattresses; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and slide toppers; LED televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; wireless backup cameras; other accessories; and electronic components. Additional information about Drew and its products can be found at www.drewindustries.com.
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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