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rv-pro.com MAY 2016 • RV PRO • 25 Center of it All This might all seem like big plans from a relative newcomer, but then Furrion is growing like gangbusters. "Furrion has grown over 300 percent in the last two years in the OEM RV industry alone," Matthew Fidler says. "We supply most of the major RV brands." That growth – combined with the company's success in the marine and overseas residential industry – has put it in the position to build the innovation center and anchor its U.S. presence in the Elkhart community. ICIT is designed to be 40,000 square feet of total space set on a 7-acre innovation park with a heliport and outdoor event center. It will feature a 12,000-square- foot showroom and 12,000 square feet of office space with a call center, student lecture hall, gym, sauna, golf simulator, bar and creative thinking areas. An additional 6,000 square feet will be dedicated to four RV bays for product development and testing and an another 10,000 square feet will be used as a tech- nology and testing lab. "A large focus of the ICIT is R&D, but the center will also house operations for sales, customer service, support, testing, marketing and warranty operations," Matthew Fidler says. "The center will serve as a gateway for our global indus- tries and infrastructure. Products will be developed and tested in real-world appli- cations right here in Elkhart. The plan is to attract companies and business oppor- tunities from major cities all over North America and the world to visit the ICIT and share our vision and commitment to sustainable growth and innovation." (Below) From left: Stevie Bell, Aaron Fidler and Matthew Fidler look over the blueprints of their Furrion Innovation Center & Institute of Technology.

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