February '20

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78 • RV PRO • February 2020 rv-pro.com highest-volume products supplied to the RV industry, according to Rhinesmith. "Literally truckloads," as she describes it. As an example of just how specialized LaVanture Products' offerings are, she notes that the company stocks more than 200 sizes and styles of automo- tive-grade foam tapes, including vinyl, butyl, acrylic, Polyether, Polyethylene, PVC and Neoprene. "If customers want it, we will have it for them," she says. Just a few of the other products the company stocks include electrical supplies, 12-volt lighting and tire moni- toring equipment. Richard Lavanture notes that many of the products the company sells today are manufactured to its strict specifications. Electric Fireplaces Heat Things Up In addition to the products mentioned, there also are some larger, more glamorous items that LaVanture distributes, such as electric fireplaces, which Rhinesmith says have been the most "fun" products added in recent years. "We have a fireplace that is a flush mount, so it's roughly 6 inches deep," she says. "It's remote-controlled and electric, but it looks authentic, in various sizes from 18 inches to 48 inches. The interiors will either have faux logs or crystals. Those are very nice." Additionally, LaVanture offers a standard power cord able to Most LaVanture Products employees have decades of work history with the company. Many team members posed for a group photo recently. One of the employee perks at LaVanture is having designated "bring your pet to work" days. In this photo, Sandi Ehlers stands by the counter as Jess Runyan throws a toy to Ehlers' dog, Buddy.

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