August '21

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22 • RV PRO • August 2021 rv-pro.com A s the country comes out of the worst pandemic in a century, many businesses are beginning to realize the new "normal" may not be the same as the old normal. Duo Form Plastics is one company where the old "normal" of supplying RV OEMs was already evolving with more ver- satile products and new produc- tion techniques. However, since March 2020, new leadership – and a quick move to making per- sonalized protective equipment – has contributed to the birth of many other products. And, while the privately held thermoforming company will continue its evolution in OE items as it builds its repertoire of RV products, it has its eye on the aftermarket as well. A Bathroom Staple It's not like Duo Form is coming out of left field within the industry. Although the company sells its products in a variety of other markets, including automotive, trucking, medical equipment, food service, aerospace and avi- ation, gaming, and signage, RV OEMs have always been its main market. In fact, the company estimates its products are found in 70 percent to 80 percent of all RVs. Founded in 1968, Duo Form's offerings for RV bathrooms include shower walls, tubs and shower pans. "We're known for our bath products," says Shelly Ditmer, previously the company's vice president of sales, who took over as president in mid-2020. "That's our core – and I think it always will be. But we acquired some com- panies in 2008-2009, which made us the largest supplier of skylights for the RV industry." And, with thermoforming capabilities of up to 10 by 12 feet, Duo Form also makes front caps, although among its other RV staples are thermoformed silverware trays, and what Ditmer refers to as "floor skis." "They're a part that rides underneath the slide-outs," she explains. "No one sees them because they're small, and most people probably don't even know RV O E F O C U S 'Can-Do' Duo Form Tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, the supplier has bounced back stronger than before, expanding its OE offerings for RV bathrooms and broadening its line of aftermarket products. By K. Schipper PHOTOS BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS Duo Form President Shelly Ditmer says "innovation" is the watchword for the company moving forward, both in the RV market, as well as other industries the company serves.

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