RV Companies Top Industry Week ’50 Best’ List

August 18, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Hoosier manufacturers have fared well in an annual ranking of the highest-performing public manufacturers in the country. Elkhart-based RV companies swept the top three spots on the 2017 Industry Week 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list. Inside INdiana Business reported that the publication ranks manufacturers based on multiple factors, including revenue growth and total revenue over the last year. Patrick Industries Inc., which has revenues topping $1.2 billion, jumped 32.8% year-over-year. Revenue... Read more

Camping World’s Lemonis Joins Trumps’ Critics

Marcus Lemonis Serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis had some choice words on Wednesday (Aug. 16) about those who may support President Donald Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. “There’s no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple days and if they are, quite frankly, don’t shop at my business,” Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Inc. and host of CNBC’s “The Profit,”... Read more

Minn. Launches Century Designation For Resorts

The Minnesota Resort & Campground Association (MRCA) has launched a new Century Resort designation to recognize resorts that have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years.   According to DL-Online, six properties are enrolled as Century Resorts so far: Burntside Lodge, Ely Fair Hills Resort, Detroit Lakes Grand View Lodge, Nisswa Northern Pine Lodge, Park Rapids Pehrson Lodge Resort, Cook Peters Sunset Beach Resort, Glenwood “Resorts have been a mainstay of Minnesota tourism... Read more

Four Brothers’ Hard Work Aids Kamp Dels Success

Grant Pope, one of four brothers that run Kamp Del (Dana Melius/Le Center Leader) Kamp Dels seems tucked away off the north side of Lake Sakatah in Waterville, Minn., but a quick turn into the longtime Le Sueur County recreational park and the impressive list of facilities jump at you. So does the family atmosphere. According to Le, Grant Pope, one of four sons to Nyl and Pat Pope, gives credit to three generations of family members who’ve built Kamp Dels into southern Minnesota’s... Read more

Wendlands Will Host Facebook Live Event Sunday

Mike and Jennifer Wendland, the RV journalists, podcasters and videographers behind and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, will present a special one hour live broadcast on Facebook at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Sun., Aug. 20, capturing the excitement and activities of RVers scattered across the country in preparation for the Mon, Aug. 21, eclipse According to a press release, streaming live on their Roadtreking Facebook page,, the couple will... Read more

Wis. Campground Guests See Glimpse Of Paradise

Nicholas Conway, of Kiel, poses for a portrait on Tuesday afternoon on one of the balconies overlooking the beach area at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort on Kettle Moraine Lake in the town of Osceola. (John Ehlke/Daily News) For those who want to get a sense of life in Florida, one business is bringing the experience to people in Wisconsin, so they don’t have to travel south. According to GM Today, the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort at Kettle Moraine Lake, in Osceola, Wis., opened a couple of months ago... Read more

Ind. Campground’s Cancer Walk Raises Thousands

Route 56 Campground On Sat., Aug. 12, a special walk was held at the Route 56 Campground near Vevay, Ind. According to Vevay Online, the walk, organized by Butch Konkle and in tribute to his late wife, Jeanne Konkle, raised money for two important cancer fighting charities in Switzerland County. Saturday’s walk featured 139 participants, and raised $6,487, and there is more money coming. “I had set my goal at $2,500, and I already had that before it even started,” Butch said. “There... Read more

Canadian Campgrounds See Heavy Summer Traffic

From the left: Summer Lawrence, age 11, Jersey Lawrence, 9, Mariah Myers, 8, and Hunter Lawrence, 3, enjoying a sunny day at Birchwood Campground & Cabins. Licence plates from all over Canada have been showing up at Pictou County, Nova Scotia, campsites in the past few months. According to The News, Kim Tattrie, owner of Seafoam Campground, said they’ve seen a lot more Canadian traffic this year than they have in previous years. Along with people opting to stay in the country for vacations... Read more

Mont. Wildfire Causes More Closures In Nat. Forest

The Stevensville Ranger District has closed the Bass Creek Recreation Area, located in Bitterroot National Forest, for the protection and safety of the public due to the nearby Lolo Peak fire. The recreation area is located on the west side of the Valley, four miles south of Florence, Mont. According to NBC Montana, the low elevation and easily accessible area is very popular with horseback riders, hikers, campers and mountain bikers.  The closure includes the 28-site Charles Waters Memorial Campground,... Read more

Eclipse May Costs $694 Million In Lost Productivity

Monday won’t be business as usual for employers, thanks to a very cosmic event. According to CBS News, the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. since 1979 will take place in the middle of the workday, which may cost employers as much as $694 million in lost productivity, according to global outplacement and coaching firm Challenger, Grey & Christmas, which analyzed wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. States and cities in the path of the eclipse, which... Read more

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