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rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 65 Workers install the electrical lines in a towable unit. Emahiser lauds Skyline for the quality it builds into its units. we're at, it's sufficient. I won't say we won't ever go west. We'll still be a presence in the West Coast and in Texas. e major markets, we're not abandoning them. We're just busy building out here in Indiana. We have capacity to grow and become relevant to people again without having to add any bricks and mortar. In fact, we have a third RV plant in Elkhart we're not using. RV PRO: How committed is the manage- ment to retaining the RV division? Emahiser: Not only are they com- mitted, they doubled down. We're 'all in' on RVs. I can't begin to tell you how supportive everyone has been, from Art (Decio) himself to Bruce Page, to Terry Decio (vice president of sales and mar- keting) to all the dealers doing business with Skyline. be relevant. We can change the perception by dealers, but we have to earn it. RV PRO: How much authority do you have to make major changes within the RV division? Emahiser: I'm hoping as we move on, it won't be a 'Don decision' but a 'team deci- sion' as ideas are brought up and moved through channels. ere is still corporate oversight. Bruce Page, the CEO, has been very supportive of what I have brought to him so far. We're going to do it as a group. RV PRO: What was it, specifically, that appealed to you about the job with Skyline? Emahiser: Skyline wasn't on my radar. I was working a couple of different things. While I'm still relatively young (Emahiser will be 44 in May), I wanted to find a home for the next 10 to 15 years. I stopped in to say 'Hi' to a friend. He and I went to school together in Liberty Center, Ohio. I met some of their other people. I liked where the senior management is coming from. I liked the Skyline heri- tage and culture. e more I dug into the company, I found a shiny diamond, but it was buried. With the experience I had in product development, it seemed like a good marriage. RV PRO: ough you weren't at Louis- ville as the Skyline RV Group president, what was the dealer response to Skyline's offerings for 2014? Emahiser: They told us Skyline was taking a step in the right direction for sure. RV PRO: In 2013, Skyline Corp. sold off two idle RV manufacturing facilities in Hemet, Calif., and transferred RV pro- duction from a plant in Mansfield, Texas, to Bristol and Elkhart. Is that sufficient for your needs? Emahiser: From an RV standpoint, so much of the industry is based in Indiana. e plants in the West don't get the effi- ciencies we get in Indiana. For the volumes continued from page 64 Q & A RVPApr.indd 65 3/19/14 2:19 PM

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