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24 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com I n its short existence as a supplier of audiovisual electronics, kitchen appliances, solar energy, observation cameras and electrical systems to the RV industry, Furrion has been anything but a "me-too" company just trying to keep up. In keeping with its reputation of trying new ideas and offering different products, the company – founded a decade ago by Chairman and CEO Aaron Fidler, Chief Marketing Officer Matthew Fidler and Chief Technology Officer Stevie Bell – is adding to its U.S. presence and potentially enhancing the Elkhart, Ind., economy with the construction of its Furrion Innovation Center & Institute of Technology (ICIT). The $5 million center is planned to be a hub of research and development, testing, idea exchange, OEM interaction, parties, events and general excitement. Think more a Google-type corporate center for the RV industry than a set of engineers at a drawing board scratching out slight variations to last year's designs. As the snow melts and the dirt begins to turn along the Indiana Toll Road near the RV/MH Hall of Fame, Furrion has an eye toward a February 2017 opening of ICIT. Furrion's Innovation Center & Institute of Technology puts the supplier in position to build on its success in the RV industry and enter other markets. By Travis O. Pryor PHOTOS COURTESY FURRION (Top) This artist's rendering shows the completed Furrion Innovation Center & Institute of Technology as it will look along the Indiana Toll Road near the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The facility is expected to open in February 2017. (At left) The $5 million center is planned to be a hub of research and development, testing, idea exchange, OEM interaction, parties, events and general excitement. The Center of Innovation COMPANY PROFILE

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