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50 • RV PRo • April 2014 rv-pro.com rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 51 D arryn Young, manager of PopUp Towing Products in Chanute, Kan., knows the value of stability and quality. After all, he started working at the parent company, Young's Welding Inc., straight out of high school. e family-owned welding business was started by Young's grandfather Roscoe Young in 1934, and was continued by his father Harvey Young in the 1960s. e firm has been building RV frames and performing metal fab- rication for the past 36 years, and since the mid-1970s has produced fifth wheel frames for nearby RV manufacturer NuWa Industries. But in 2009, when the Young family bought PopUp Towing, Darryn Young got a chance to continue the family business legacy of producing quality products in a different market while main- taining in the stability of the original business. "We thought it would be a good fit for us," says Young, who at the time of the acquisition was plant manager at Young's Welding Inc., the same position he holds today. "e equipment used when we purchased PopUp Industries is the same equipment in use today, with a few advances. PopUp Towing and Young's Welding also share a lot of the same manufacturing processes." PopUp Towing was founded in 1997 under the name PopUp Industries, which was owned by Bernard Dick. e subsidiary has con- tinued to make essentially the same towing products since acquisition. "We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality products available, and all our products are made right here in the U.S.A.," says Derrick Bruenger, who joined the company in August 2012, and works in sales, marketing and advertising. All Kinds of Adapters PopUp Towing sells towing products for gooseneck trailers, under-bed gooseneck hitches, RV adapters, adapters for short-bed trucks, and many adapters in between. "We also have adapters that allow you to pull your fifth wheel trailer with a gooseneck ball, so you don't have to constantly carry a bulky fifth wheel hitch in the back of your truck," Bruenger explains. "We are the only company that makes a ball that pops up, with just the pull of a handle," he adds. e ball simply glides up and down the slide assembly. Young says the company is well-positioned compared to other manufacturers of towing products by virtue of the diverse sizes of its gooseneck adapters, RV adapters and offset couplers. e supplier introduced two new products to the RV market in 2013. Last August, the company launched the RVGC Gooseneck Coupler, which is a one-piece unit that replaces the kingpin box on a fifth wheel trailer. Derrick Bruenger, sales and marketing representative for PopUp, holds one of the company's adapters for fifth wheels. Says Bruenger, "We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality products available, and all our products are made right here in the U.S.A." PhotoS By John BlAir Adapt-Ability From hitches to adapters and couplers, PopUp Towing keeps its customers connected. By Bob Kronemyer RVPApr.indd 50 3/19/14 3:23 PM

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