February '21

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22 • RV PRO • February 2021 rv-pro.com N umerous RV industry events in 2020 had to be cancelled or converted to virtual gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to some clever scheduling over a two-week period in December, WAY was lucky enough to be able to host its sixth annual Open House at its Elkhart, Ind., headquarters. The supplier imple- mented social distancing recommenda- tions and limited the number of attendees in scheduled sessions, but CEO Wayne Kaylor says that even with those restric- tions he felt his event was successful in getting the word out about the supplier's many new products. "We'll get essentially every RV group in here, one-on-one, and will show them our new products, as well as existing products and get their feedback," he says. "It's really a good time of year, heading into spring for their model-year change, for us to work with them on development of new prod- ucts, as well as receiving commitments for our existing and new technology." WAY – which recently underwent a rebranding effort (the company was for- merly known as WAY Interglobal Net- work) – used its open house event to debut a number of new products, including its first air conditioner. "We've had it in development for about 18 months," says Chris Greer, vice presi- dent of product research and development. "What really accelerated its development is the shortage of air conditioners on the market. We knew that there was a real need. But at the same time, by utilizing the amount of time that we did it allowed A New WAY FORWARD WAY used its December Open House event to debut its new Everchill Air Conditioner and Greystone kitchen appliances for OEMs and dealers. By Bruce Hampson RV O E F O C U S WAY CEO Wayne Kaylor (right) shares details regarding the company's new products with guests during the first week of the supplier's two-week Open House event in mid-December. In addition to several kitchen appliances, WAY also debuted its first Everchill air conditioner. The new AC is currently available in 15,000- and 13,500-BTU outputs, in both ducted and unducted versions. The Everchill air conditioner also is available in digital- and analog-thermostat styles.

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