Lippert Components Subsidiary Acquires PWR-ARM Automatic Bimini From Schwintek
Elkhart, Indiana - November 18, 2019 - LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII), which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. (“LCI”), supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, today announced that its subsidiary, Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc., has acquired the PWR-ARM brand and electric powered Bimini business assets of Schwintek, Inc. (“Schwintek”), effective November 18, 2019 (the “Effective Date”).
Schwintek’s innovative and patent-protected PWR-ARM automatic Bimini, a trusted brand grounded in quality and performance, has revolutionized marine sunshade solutions for over 13 years. The PWR-ARM automatic Bimini’s unprecedented sunshade system allows for protection at the push of a button and can be added to virtually any pontoon or deck boat, providing high-end appeal to any watercraft. It is a premier electric sunshade solution on the market for pontoon and smaller power boats.
“LCI is a significant player in the leisure marine market and our growing portfolio includes some of the marine industry’s most sophisticated and innovative sunshade systems known for reliability and ease-of-use,” said Jason Lippert, CEO and President of LCI. Continued Lippert, “the addition of the PWR-ARM automatic Bimini to our growing offerings of sunshade solutions will allow LCI to continue to serve our customers with cutting-edge technology and transform the boating experience, making it easier and more enjoyable for boaters around the globe.”
“We are excited to leverage our experience and operating efficiencies to provide our customers with an affordable PWR-ARM electric powered Bimini,” said Ryan Smith, Senior Vice President of Operations of LCI. Continued Smith, “there is a demand in the aftermarket segment to replace outdated manual sunshade systems with the ease and sophistication of an automatic system. LCI is eager to expand our reach and provide the PWR-ARM electric powered Bimini to aftermarket consumers.”
“LCI’s leading brands, manufacturing expertise, and global capabilities are a perfect fit to accelerate the growth of the PWR-ARM brand,” commented Mike Schwindaman, President of Schwintek. Continued Schwindaman, “I am pleased to transition this product line to LCI which will continue to drive and support our plans for continued growth through innovation, quality products, and exceptional customer service.”
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From over 85 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 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; branded towing products; truck accessories, electronic components; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at LCI1.com.
Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514