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Old 04-13-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
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Power Products acquires Progressive Industries

I hope this does not affect the quality or customer service of this great company.

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Power Products has acquired Apex, N.C.-based RV electrical equipment manufacturer Progressive Industries from Thomas Fanelli. The terms of the transaction, which was completed April 7, were not disclosed, Milwaukee Business News reported.
Progressive Industries, which has about 30 employees, makes surge protection equipment, adapters and connectors used by RV owners. The company will retain its branding and operations in Apex. The current management team at Progressive Industries will remain in place, save for president and former owner Fanelli, who will retire, the publication explained.
The acquisition opens up new growth opportunities for Power Products in the RV industry, said David Scheer, chief executive officer of Power Products.
The full story is available at Milwaukee Business News.
This marks the 19th announced consolidation within the RV industry since Jan. 1, according to reports published by RV Daily Report. Some deals may have been announced during RV Daily Report’s end-of-year break in late 2016, but the news was published after the new year. Here is the current 2017 RV industry consolidation scorecard:
Dealerships
Jan. 3 – Camping World acquires RV World of Georgia
Jan. 10 – Camping World acquires RV-Max: Three locations in Texas
Jan. 19 – Camping World buys Jamatt RV in Oklahoma
Feb. 2 – Camping World buys Nelson’s RV in Idaho
Feb. 16 – Camping World acquires McGeorge’s RV in Virginia
March 3 – Willkins RV acquires Ballantyne RV in New York
March 8 – Camping World acquires Safford RV in Virginia
Manufacturers
Jan. 2 – REV Group takes over Renegade RV
Feb. 10 – Hymer acquires Explorer Group in England
Suppliers
Jan. 2 – Covercraft acquires ADCO
Feb. 2 – Dexter acquires Tie Down Engineering
Feb. 9 – Lippert Components acquires Sessa Klein
March 16 – Ultrafabrics merges with Daiichi Kasei Company
March 20 – Patrick Industries acquires Medallion Plastics
April 3 – Valterra acquires Diamond Group
April 4 – The Eastern Company acquires Velvac
April 12 – Power Products acquires Progressive Industries
Campgrounds
Jan. 20 – Zeman Homes buys Paradise Camping Resort in Grand Prairie, Ill., and Seasons in the Sun RV Resort in Mims, Fla.
April 4 – Diversified Investment Companies acquires Hidden Creek Camping Resort in Marion, N.C.

Power Products acquires Progressive Industries | RV Daily Report
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Old 04-13-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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I just bought a Progressive EMS. I can only hope they improve quality. The grounding system for non portable cordage is a joke. The ring lug crimp on 6/3 solid ground is not user friendly for many without a proper T and B crimper for non insulated lugs and a 400 watt soldering iron to solder the connection. The connections inside are tight to make, the box being a bit bigger and a split nut for the grounds would be a good start.
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I just bought a Progressive EMS. I can only hope they improve quality. The grounding system for non portable cordage is a joke. The ring lug crimp on 6/3 solid ground is not user friendly for many without a proper T and B crimper for non insulated lugs and a 400 watt soldering iron to solder the connection. The connections inside are tight to make, the box being a bit bigger and a split nut for the grounds would be a good start.
I have had no problems installing the 30 amp hard wired versions on 3 different rigs, and did not need to crimp or solder anything.
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I just bought a Progressive EMS. I can only hope they improve quality. The grounding system for non portable cordage is a joke. The ring lug crimp on 6/3 solid ground is not user friendly for many without a proper T and B crimper for non insulated lugs and a 400 watt soldering iron to solder the connection. The connections inside are tight to make, the box being a bit bigger and a split nut for the grounds would be a good start.


The 50amp HW unit could be a bit easier, but honestly what couldn't? A longer and bit wider box would have made it easier. Yes.

It is minor compared to other needed items in price and installation difficulty. I am happy overall.
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Being a Engineer I am just too picky working on high power stuff. The EMS is not CSA approved, just UL. They say UL for Canada on the box, no such thing. I should get a Electrical Inspector I know that works for the ESA to pass it.
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I'm hoping that they will still honor the warranty and replacement program. Seems like every time I buy something the company goes out of business or gets taken over by someone else. I lost 2 years warranty when Evergreen closed its doors.
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I'm hoping that they will still honor the warranty and replacement program. Seems like every time I buy something the company goes out of business or gets taken over by someone else. I lost 2 years warranty when Evergreen closed its doors.
The story is management and operations will stay the same for what that's worth. At least they were not gobbled up by Lippert like everything else LOL.
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Being a Engineer I am just too picky working on high power stuff. The EMS is not CSA approved, just UL. They say UL for Canada on the box, no such thing. I should get a Electrical Inspector I know that works for the ESA to pass it.
I worked in safety certification (UL, CSA, TUV (European), etc.) for about 20 years. In about 1990 and in accordance with NAFTA, UL was authorized to test and certify to CSA and vice versa. You can tell if UL has certified to CSA by looking at the UL mark. If you see a small "c" printed near the bottom of the UL mark it has been approved to Canadian standards. If the CSA mark has a "us" near the bottom of the CSA mark it means that CSA has tested the product to UL standards. Both these marks are acceptable by both governments. This was a very good benefit from NAFTA because is avoided the need to send a product requiring certification to both UL and CSA. Hope this might help save you some big $$. I would not rely on just the box saying it was approved, and you need to check the mark on the product. You can also call UL in Northbrook, IL. if you still have concerns.
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