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26 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com Although production of Furrion products will continue to take place at its various global centers in Hong Kong and China, Matthew Fidler says it was important to the company's founders to stay close to the RV industry. With Furrion's ties to both the RV and marine industries, the Elkhart location made sense, he says. Furrion also recently opened a 12,000- square-foot facility near the Elkhart East Business Park that will serve as a warranty center and all heavy-duty work on con- cept vehicles will be completed there first before moving to the ICIT. Having ICIT right in the backyard of most of the RV manufacturers offers the possibility of collaboration on vehicle design. "We will have the ability to fit-out product packages for OEM customers and prototype them in actual units right here in the ICIT," Matthew Fidler says. "We can optimize sound quality or install a gourmet kitchen package that is tailored to the customers requirements. "Having these fit-out and testing resources available to everyone will be very beneficial to the industry and I think in turn will elevate the technology and quality of great product inside those RVs," he adds. Matthew Fidler says he believes that kind of collaboration on getting the right mix of products into a coach will benefit the OEMs and end consumer as well as Furrion. "Showing our customers our products inside their units in that application and letting them decide what is good and what is not is priceless in this industry," he says. Communication is Key With such far-flung operations as Elkhart, Hong Kong, Australia and the (Above) Once the snow finally melted, construction crews were able to get started on the layout of the Furrion ICIT near the Indiana Toll Road. (At left) Work crews and construction equipment move dirt to make way for the Furrion ICIT facility. COMPANY PROFILE

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