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according to Jason Loose, the company's chief operating officer. He adds that it's also an homage to the company's late owner, Jim Sproatt. Sproatt started working for Days Corp. when he was 16 years old, mowing the com- pany's lawn. What started as a mowing job turned into a 54-year career. Sproatt worked his way up through the ranks and jumped at the chance to become a minority owner. He kept working his way up, and in 2008 got the opportunity to become the majority owner – a risky time for the RV business, which took a beating during the Great Reces- sion – but he did it anyway. "He had the idea for Equalizer Leveling Systems when none of the other owners wanted to keep putting money into it. He had to keep fighting them – and it's a good thing he did, because the company probably wouldn't be here today, otherwise," Loose says. "It took Jim every dime he had to buy out the last partner who wanted out. He realized his dream and now we're a company that has 200 people working for us. A lot of that is leveling systems." What's in a Name? Sproatt passed away January 2019. That's when Loose and others started to think about the name of the company. "We started thinking, 'Why do we still have the name Days?' Everyone on the team wanted to recognize Jim for the next 100 years and carry on his legacy because he kept the company going," Loose says. The four owners got together to consider renaming the company. Loose and CFO Nate Carpenter are minority owners, while Kathy Sproatt, Jim's widow, and his daughter, Regan Beasley, are majority owners. "We all got together, sat down, and changed the name. We knew it was the right time and we're all very excited," Loose says. While many industry professionals know Days Corp. as a provider of warehousing and logistics services, the company's leveling systems account for a bigger share of its overall business today. With that mind, the company's leadership began strategizing a corporate rebranding in 2019. As part of its corporate rebranding, which takes effect this month, former Days Corp. divisions Days Distribution and Logistics and Equalizer Systems will become EQ Logistics, EQ Systems and EQ Harness – all under the corporate umbrella brand of EQ United. EQ United's leadership team includes (top to bottom) Jason Loose, chief operating officer; Nate Carpenter, CFO of EQ United; Mike Kimes, vice president of EQ Systems; Ben Reinoel, vice president of EQ Logistics; and Rachel Little, director of marketing for EQ United. rv-pro.com October 2021 • RV PRO • 23

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