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rv-pro.com November 2019 • RV PRO • 83 research to determine future trends, according to Cheney. "Our R&D Center focuses pri- marily on the RV industry, so Filon Max is an example of this," he says. "This is an example of both our team trying to anticipate the needs of the industry and also getting some feed- back from our customers," he adds. "If you look at what we are working on now, it's geared more to what we think is coming down the road." Crane builds products in three main categories within its coilable line. The venerable Filon line has evolved through the years, Cheney says. The Filon G3 is the standard version. The new Filon Max is in the "middle" of the line, and Crane Gold is the high-gloss, high-end coilable sidewall product with a smooth finish. Crane also manufactures two different types of coilable roof products – a pebbled version and a smooth version for fiber- glass RV roofs. The company manufactures two versions of its sheet glass product. One is a wood-backed panel, Noble Classic. The com- PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRANE COMPOSITES Crane Composites' corporate headquarters and R&D center is located outside of Chicago. The company reports it spent about two years developing and testing its new Filon Max product, which it debuted just prior to Open House Week. In addition to its facilities in Arkansas, Crane also manufactures RV panels at its facility in Goshen, Ind. The sidewalls built in Goshen are a sheet glass product, which is a high-end panel used in motorized units or high-end fifth wheels.

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