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rv-pro.com January 2019 • RV PRO • 19 Because of his background, Lynn Steele was very exacting in the pieces he made – a fact that wasn't lost on his friends in car restoration circles. Before long, he was being asked to manufacture different pieces for others. Initially, Steele would make custom orders, or construct some extra pieces and sell them out of the trunk of his car at car shows. Later, that expanded to a trailer, and later still to a booth for direct sales, primarily at car shows. As the business grew, the company also expanded its focus. "There's a lot of market crossover," Misener says. "The car enthusiast might go to a car show in an RV, where he'd come to our booth and say, 'I have this RV and it has a leak,' or 'This seal is cracked or broken or rotted away; do you have something?' That same response has also led us to the marine market." Although Trim-Lok is a newer kid on the block, comparatively, it still boasts more than four decades in business. Gary Whitener launched his company in 1971 in Buena Park, Calif., and still holds the title of president. His son, Dan Whit- ener, who serves as the operation's vice president, explains that his dad had been making the equipment that made trim and seal products for several industries. Steele Rubber Products workers Russell Parker (left) and Ryan Childers are pictured on the factory floor of the company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. From humble beginnings, the company has grown to about 65 employees.

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