NEW YORK Drew Industries
Inc. expects results to improve in 2013 thanks to a pickup in
the recreational vehicle (RV) market.
"RV industry fundamentals look
to be solid. ... Recent production levels have exceeded sales,
but thats to be expected in a recovery. Dealer inventory
is now in line with demand," outgoing president and chief
executive officer Fred Zinn said during the companys
fourth-quarter earnings call.
"Right now, were building
a lot of products," Jason D. Lippert, chairman and chief
executive officer of Drew subsidiaries Lippert Components Inc.
and Kinro Inc., added.
Lippert will replace Zinn
effective May 10 (amm.com, Feb. 13).
Drew Industries, which makes
parts for a host of sectors, including RVs, manufactured
housing and trailers, will continue to expand its product range
this year. Commenting on successful moves into levelers,
awnings and slideouts for RVs in 2012, Lippert said the company
has "a lot more of the same coming in 2013."
White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries will invest between
$10 million and $15 million this year in new equipment,
including a glass tempering line and new metal fabrication
equipment, chief financial officer and treasurer Joseph S.
Giordano III said during the call.