September '18

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rv-pro.com September 2018 • RV PRO • 139 Key your RV with the Global Pro 1Key System that is safe and secure. Fact: Over 4 Million Units have at least one door keyed to these mass produced generic key codes: CH751, G391, CK330, CH502, R001, 357. Sika's Roots Run Deep The iconic product the RV industry has come to know as Sikaflex actually dates back to the turn of the 20th Century, when it was created by an Austrian shepherd boy who harbored big aspirations. That shepherd, Kaspar Winkler, eventually became an entrepreneur, forming his own company in 1910 in nearby Switzerland. His first inventions were agents to protect and clean granite and a mortar-waterproofing agent, which he called Sika. Winkler's breakthrough came in 1918 when the Swiss Federal Railways ran successful trials using Sika to waterproof the ceilings of the Gotthard Tunnel under the Swiss Alps. Winkler ultimately sold 350 tons of Sika to the railway system. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Sika AG today is a globally active company in the specialty chemicals business providing products for the automotive, construction, industrial and manufacturing markets. Sika AG has more than 200 factories and 18,000 employees worldwide. In the United States, the company does business under the name Sika Corp., which is headquartered in Lyndhurst, N.J., and employs more than 1,400 people in 19 locations throughout the country. Sika's accomplishments in the U.S. market include: • Making major inroads into the U.S. automotive market with a sound damping spray-on substance called SikaGard. • Making a variety of adhesives widely used by the trucking industry. • Supplying teak-like flooring to the marine industry. • Providing Sarnafil, a peel-and-stick polyurethane membrane, for the retractable roof of the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Sika's Sarnafil, a peel-and-stick polyurethane membrane, is found on the retractable roof of the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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