June '18

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24 • RV PRO • June 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T Step's durability by replicating the repeated pounding they take with an automated weight "stepping" on it up and down. "Because of our business in the school bus industry, we've developed internal testing capabilities, so we can conduct product life-cycle testing and be sure we're meeting or exceeding customers' expectations," he says. "There are high-standard government regulations for developing school bus products and, as a result, our in-house testing is certified and proven-out for safety in the RV market, too." HSM is currently considering other materials, such as com- posites, to use in the step manufacturing process that will allow for more strength and lighter weight. "It would also allow us to customize the steps to a higher ability than we are today, such as branding or customer signage using different inserts," Snyder says. "HSM is interested in new materials, new ideas and new manufacturing processes to meet customers growing expectations and demands for innovative products while keeping costs and pricing within range." All of the company's steps are manual. However, HSM Dennis Wagner, an 18-year veteran at HSM, assembles a seat cushion. Seats are one of the main products HSM makes in Elkhart. Above: Elizabeth Rodriguez and Nathaniel Garcia (background) use industrial-grade sewing machines to make seat covers. While HSM is primarily known in the RV market for making steps, the supplier also makes automotive seating, mattresses and more.

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