February '20

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76 • RV PRO • February 2020 rv-pro.com RV O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T M any of the products that LaVan- ture Products sources to RV manufacturers and the after- market – including trims, sealants, foam tapes, electrical supplies and gas springs – aren't necessarily the types of products that come to the top of RVers' minds when they are thinking about parts and components for motorhomes or trailers. That doesn't mean those products aren't crucial to the performance and durability of RVs, however. With that in mind, LaVanture Products has worked hard during its 50-year-plus history to provide its customers with the highest-quality products for challenging applications, according to third-generation owner Richard Lavanture. "All of these products have passed our rigid quality standards. If we sell it, we stand behind it," the company proudly touts in its marketing and sales materials. LaVanture Products has carved out a successful niche for itself by acting as a distributor of products that don't tend to attract a lot of attention – but which are vital to the RV industry, according to Lisa Rhinesmith, the company's national sales manager. And the distributor carries a ton of those products, stocking more than 5,000 SKUs out of its 100,000-square-foot facility in Elkhart, Ind. Richard Lavanture says space is getting tight in the existing warehouse, but that fortunately the company has room to expand its operation by up to 250,000 square feet if business warrants. Adhesives and silicones are among the The distributor marked a half-century milestone in 2019, thanks in part to its focus on distributing innovative products designed to meet challenging applications for the RV industry. By John McCurry LONGEVITY EMPOWERS LaVanture Products PHOTOS BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS

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