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rv-pro.com May 2020 • RV PRO • 63 go wrong, but when it does, we make sure to take care of them." By narrowing the company's product focus to jacks (plus a few related items) – and by putting a strong focus on customer ser- vice – Rieco-Titan is able to set itself apart from other suppliers, according to Bakker. Going & Growing And while other companies might tout how big they are, it's no insult to call Rieco-Titan a mom-and-pop operation. What is now Rieco-Titan is the brainchild of Bob and Sharon McCarthy, and dates to the late 1970s, when Bob McCarthy left a corporate job rather than move to the East Coast. Instead, the McCarthys bought a metal fabrication business, Vindee Industries. One of Vindee's customers was Titan Jacks, a manufacturer of mechanical camper jacks, and before too long the couple purchased Titan, as well. Later, the McCarthys also acquired California-based Rieco, a manufacturer of hydraulic jacks for the camper industry, creating Rieco-Titan. Today, the business operates with 19 employees in 35,000 square feet of space in Frankfort, an exurb at the southern tip of the greater Chicago area. And, while Bob McCarthy passed away in July 2014, Gary Hauger (foreground) and Thomas Watts weld mounting plates onto convertible jack outer tubes in Rieco-Titan's busy manufacturing plant. Plant Supervisor Mike Radzick checks the threads at the turret lathe used to craft components for Rieco-Titan jacks.

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