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Lippert Components promotes Josh Black, John Ries to General Manager positions

October 23, 2017
From Left: Josh Black, John Ries
From Left: Josh Black, John Ries

Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has announced the promotions of Josh Black and John Ries to General Manager positions within the Company.

Josh Black was promoted to General Manager of LCI Plant 58, managing the Company’s Awning, Lamination and Patio Door operations, while John Ries has been promoted to General Manager at Plant 45, managing the Company’s Axles and Slide-Out operations.

“Josh has been a steady force with our record growth in Laminated Products and was instrumental in organizing capacity to handle the industries trajectory,” commented Steve Jenkins, LCI’s Vice President of Operations. “Josh embodies our Company’s Core Values and has earned the trust of his fellow co-workers with his integrity and actions over these last few years. Josh’s excitement and positive attitude are a testament to the entire team and what they are accomplishing. I am excited to see Josh bring the team into its next growth phase with the new building acquisition and all the new automation projects that are in the works.”

Black began his career with LCI more than six years ago through the Company’s Leadership in Training program. For the past two years, he was Assistant General Manager for laminated products at Plant 58 in Elkhart. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to lead such a great and dynamic team. Our focus on not only business growth but the growth of our team members who will undoubtedly continue to drive the plant for years to come,” said Black.

Josh Black can be reached at

As the GM of Plant 45, Ries will focus the Plant 45 team on team retention, leadership development, growth, new product release, safety, new lean layouts, automation, and quality improvements.

“John has created excellent business units where he helps detail and structure our teams to succeed. Through his leadership, we have become industry leaders in Awning, Baggage, Entry, and Ramp Door Sales. I am excited to see John refresh Plant 45’s operations with his high energy and to see him form solid relationships with all team members,” commented Steve Jenkins, Vice President of Operations at LCI.

Ries has nearly 30 years of operations and plant management experience and more than eight years of national and international operational experience within the RV industry across a broad range of product lines from axles, brakes, chassis, slide outs, awnings, and doors. In his new role, Ries will continue to focus on operational teams and their processes, calling on his well-rounded understanding of customer requirements as well as the dedicated teams to deliver quality products through efficient processes.

John Ries can be reached at

About LCI Industries ®

From over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, LCI, supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting primarily 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; towing products; truck accessories; electronic components; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at

Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514