Thetford Corporation Acquires RV Sani-ConTM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Thetford Corporation, AmericaÕs leading supplier of sanitation & refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle (RV), marine and heavy-duty truck industries, has acquired RV Sani-ConTM Systems, a manufacturer of holding-tank management systems.

Based in Lexington, Ky., RV Sani-Con supplies a broad range of recreational vehicle manufacturers, including American Coach, Beaver Coaches, Blue Bird, Country Coach, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler, Monaco, Phoenix Cruiser and Safari.

ÒThe acquisition supports our long-term strategies for growth within the recreational- vehicle and marine industries,Ó said Jack Tierney, ThetfordÕs president and CEO. ÒSuppliers and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in both industries are faced with rising costs for materials and labor. Adding new and innovative products that provide value to our customers is just one of the many steps Thetford is taking to maintain profitability and grow the market.Ó

Financial details of the acquisition were not released. RV Sani-Con waste evacuation systems are compatible with recreational vehicles of all sizes and types. Its products provide cleaner, easier and more sanitary ways for RVers to empty waste-system holding tanks.

ÒThetfordÕs acquisition of RV Sani-Con will open new markets and channels of distribution for our products and provide growth opportunities for Thetford,Ó said Lannie Stegall, RV Sani-ConÕs owner.

RV Sani-ConÕs 12-volt-powered pump and motor are designed to quickly empty RV holding tanks. Once installed, the companyÕs macerating system can pump waste 20 feet uphill, as well as 350 feet away from an RV through a _-inch water hose. The closed-loop system eliminates potential spills. It also is environmentally-friendly because it reduces clean-water usage by eliminating the need to rinse sewer hoses and black-water tanks.

ÒThe acquisition of RV Sani-ConÕs further strengthens ThetfordÕs position as the industryÕs leading supplier of sanitation products,Ó Tierney noted. ÒRV Sani-Con has a proven track record and its products fit naturally into ThetfordÕs own product portfolio.Ó

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