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52 • RV PRO • April 2019 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T D oing one thing well may seem straightforward enough, but it's the rare company that can stick to such a viewpoint for the long term. Thankfully for travel trailer and toy hauler owners across the country, Progress Mfg. – maker of the popular Equal-i-zer sway control hitch – is such a company. So, how popular is it? Users like the Equal-i-zer so much they've ranked it the top sway control hitch in a popular RV enthusiast maga- zine's readers poll annually for the past seven years. Sales are so brisk, Progress is enlarging its Provo, Utah-based facility to handle more output. The company is even bringing out a 16,000-pound-rated model this spring in response to growing demand for something to match the towing capabilities of the latest heavy-duty pickups. Times weren't always so good at Progress, admits longtime CEO Jed Anderson. The company that started life in 1945 under another name by founder Ed Hedgepeth did well with the Equal-i-zer, which was a pioneer among weight distribution hitches. Notably, the business earned its first patent – of eight – in 1951. However, after the 1973 oil crisis, the company wouldn't fully regain its stride until the 1990s. "That's when we transitioned from just a weight distribu- tion hitch with add-on sway controls," Anderson says. "We pushed forward, innovated and started the whole concept Continuous Progress Progress Mfg. distinguishes itself thanks to its long tradition of innovation and ongoing product improvement in the sway control hitch market. Equal-i-zer sales reps work to build and foster great relationships with their distributors, dealers and customers. By Mike Harbour

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