November '21

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60 • RV PRO • November 2021 rv-pro.com RV O E F O C U S I n a year that has seen several "big" breaking news stories in the RV industry, perhaps none has been bigger than THOR's acquisition this summer of supplier Airxcel. The $750 million deal, which closed Sept. 1, may have left some who do business with Airxcel's 10-plus brands that supply everything in RVs from air conditioners and heaters to window shades and more wondering what the next step is for the 30-year-old company. However, executives for one of those key brands, Dicor Prod- ucts, say that, if anything, the move should lend more stability and widen opportunities for the well-known provider of RV roofing solutions for OEMs and the aftermarket. "It will be business as usual," says Anthony Wollschlager, group president of Airxcel's RV Group. "Prior to THOR acquiring Airxcel, we were in a private equity environment for our 30-plus-year his- tory. THOR has a decentralized model, and it's our responsibility to go out and earn our business every single day – just like we have for the last 30-plus years." Troy Nusbaum, vice president of OEM sales for Airxcel's RV Group, praised the company's previous private equity partners – there have been five of them over the life of Airxcel – for being good sponsors and stewards of its myriad businesses. "However, it's a unique situation now with our new parent owner," Nusbaum adds. "They are looking for a more long-term commitment and they're just as vested in this industry as we are." Still, there are some changes. One of the key ones came early this summer, when Wollschlager, who had been serving as Dicor PHOTOS BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS Dicor on Top of the RV Industry By K. Schipper The supplier of roofing products to OEMs and the aftermarket continues to innovate on both sides of the market and sees strong growth prospects moving forward. From left to right, Dicor executives Jeff Gaff, Troy Nusbaum and Anthony Wollschlager are pictured at the company's offices in Elkhart, Ind., in front of signage for parent company Airxcel and its 10-plus brands, including Dicor. Gaff serves as business unit manager of Dicor Products, Nusbaum is vice president of OEM sales for Airxcel's RV Group and Wollschlager is group president of Airxcel's RV Group.

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