1956

Founded by Lawrence Lippert

LCI’s rich family heritage began more than 55 years ago when Lawrence (Larry) Lippert opened a galvanized roofing shop. The strong foundation laid by Larry led LCI to develop many innovative technologies and improve industry processes. On Aug. 5, 2013, Larry was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for his lifelong work in the industry.

Lawrence Lippert

1978

Doug Lippert takes over as CEO

Doug Lippert continued to expand market share during his tenure as CEO. He oversaw the expansion of the manufactured housing segment, opening facilities across the country to keep up with demand. Doug grew the company’s sales from about $5 million to nearly $100 million.

Doug Lippert

1987

Acquired Riblet Industries

LCI’s first major acquisition was Riblet Industries, LCI’s major competitor in the manufactured housing market. When the companies combined, LCI’s sales nearly doubled. The acquisition put LCI on the map as the industry leader in manufactured housing chassis.

Aquired Riblet Industries

1992

Assisted in Hurricane Andrew relief effort

LCI manufactured thousands of FEMA chassis to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Andrew.

:LCI Hurricane Andrew Aid

1996

Acquired Continental Stamping

The acquisition of Continental Stamping – LCI’s major supplier of fabricated parts – helped vertically integrate LCI and allowed it to better control the quality and procurement of various steel fabricated parts for chassis production.

Aquired Continental Stamping

1997

Launched first travel trailer RV chassis line in Pennsylvania

LCI began serving the RV market with its first line of travel trailer RV chassis.

First travel trailer RV chassis line

1997

LCI acquired by Drew Industries

A long time player in the manufactured housing and RV markets, Drew Industries acquired LCI in 1997. Having already acquired Kinro several years prior, the acquisition of LCI further strengthened Drew’s foothold in the market.

LCI Aquiered by Drew Industries

2001

Acquired We-Shape

LCI acquired We-Shape and expanded its RV Chassis product line.

Acquired We-Shape

2002

Acquired Quality Frames

Building on the We-Shape acquisition, LCI purchased Quality Frames in 2002 to expand its growing RV chassis product line.

Acquired Quality Frames

2003

Jason Lippert takes over as third generation leadership

In 2003, Jason Lippert was named CEO of LCI, and since then has overseen more than 20 acquisitions and the addition of nearly 3,000 employees. Jason’s relentless pursuit for growth has lead LCI to where it is today.

Jason Lippert Becomes CEO

2003

Acquired ET&T

LCI acquired ET&T, a manufacturer of specialty trailer chassis, expanding its market reach into the travel trailer, cargo trailer and adjacent trailer industries.

Acquired ET&T

2004

Acquired Zieman Manufacturing

LCI acquired Zieman manufacturing to expand its market reach by producing boat, equipment, watercraft and motorcycle/ATV trailers. The acquisition of Zieman also allowed LCI to expand its manufactured housing and RV chassis production in California, Arizona and Oregon.

Acquired Zieman Manufacturing

2004

Acquired LTM Manufacturing

The LTM acquisition marked LCI’s entrance into the RV components market, providing the foundation it needed to begin developing many convenience leveling and stabilization products such as accessories for slide-out systems, specialty slide-out trays for batteries, LP tanks, storage systems and electric stabilizer jacks.

Acquired LTM Manufacturing

2005

Acquired Venture Manufacturing

LCI acquired Venture Manufacturing, adding to its manufactured housing business.

Acquired Venture Manufacturing

2006

Acquired HappiJac

The acquisition of HappiJac added the only patented bed lift mechanism in the industry to LCI’s line of RV accessories. The Happijac Bed Lift conveniently saves space by lifting a the bed out of the way so RVers can park their “toys” when not in use. The acquisition of Happijac also allowed LCI to produce a patented slide-out mechanism, truck camper tie downs, camper jacks and turnbuckle systems.

Acquired HappiJac

2006

Acquired Steelco

The acquisition of Steelco allowed LCI to further expand its RV Chassis and slide-out footprint.

Acquired Steelco

2007

Acquired CoachStep

LCI began manufacturing CoachStep products, allowing it to produce heavy-duty weatherproof motorized steps for motorhomes.

Acquired CoachStep

2007

Acquired Trailair

Trailair, an industry leader in ride improvement components, was a major acquisition for LCI. The Trailair brand products include the Equa-Flex® rubberized equalizer, the Air Ride Pin Box and the Center Point Air Ride Suspension system.

Acquired Trailair

2007

Acquired Extreme Engineering

LCI acquired Extreme Engineering and began building specialty trailers for high-end watercraft.

Acquired Extreme Engineering

2008

Acquired Seating Technologies/Michiana Mattress

The acquisition of Seating Technologies and Michiana mattress allowed LCI to begin producing comfortable and durable RV furniture and mattresses to OEM’s custom specifications.

Acquired Seating Technologies/Michiana Mattress

2008

Acquire JT's RV Accessories

LCI acquired JT’s RV Accessories and began producing JT’s Elephant Pads, Strong Arm Stabilizers and Digital Levelers – products that dramatically reduce rocking and promote better rest and a more enjoyable camping experience.

Acquire JT's RV Accessories

2009

Acquired Nappanee Door

The Nappanee Door acquisition marked LCI’s entry into the RV entry door market. In just four years, LCI has introduced more than forty innovations to the RV entry door.

Acquired Nappanee Door

2010

Acquired certain Schwintek products

LCI acquired the rights to manufacture several Schwintek products, namely the revolutionary Schwintek in-wall™ slide mechanism and aluminum RV leveling cylinders.

Acquired Schwintek products

2010

Acquired the rights to Level Up®

LCI acquired the rights to manufacture Level Up, an innovative automatic hydraulic leveling system for fifth-wheels, providing both front-to-rear and side-to-side level to protect the chassis.

Acquired the rights to Level Up®

2010

Acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations

LCI acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations and began producing E-Z Cruise rubber suspension systems to dramatically reduce road shock and vibrations on motorhomes. The acquisition of Sellers marked LCI’s entry into the motorized chassis modification market.

Acquired EZ-Ride and Sellers Corporations

2011

Acquired M&M Fabricators

LCI acquired M&M Fabricators to grow and diversify products into the RV motorhome and specialty markets.

Acquired M&M Fabricators

2011

Acquired Home-Style

LCI acquired Home-Style to offer a full line of furniture and mattresses to the northwest travel trailer RV market.

Acquired Home-Style

2011

Acquired M-Tec

LCI acquired M-Tec to expand motorhome chassis modification business by adding the chassis bridge beam used for many types of motorhomes. LCI’s M-Tec division also produces specialty chassis for the RV industry.

Acquired M-Tec

2011

Introduced Solera Awning Line

LCI introduced its popular Solera line of manual and electric awnings and protective slide-out sleeves.

Introduced Solera Awning Line

2011

Acquired Starquest

LCI acquired Starquest to expand further into specialty markets by producing windows for truck caps and windows and doors for horse trailers and buses.

Acquired Starquest

2011

Acquired towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation from Dexter Chassis Group

The Dexter Chassis Group operations acquisition helped make LCI the leading supplier of chassis and slide-out mechanisms for towable RVs.

Acquired towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation from Dexter Chassis Group

2012

Acquired Amerimax

LCI acquired Amerimax and launched an innovative line of RV entry door products developed from combined Amerimax and LCI technology.

Acquire Amerimax

2012

Acquired Agile Resources

LCI acquired Agile Resources to expand its thermoforming product production in the Midwest and to further expand plastic production for specialty markets.

Acquired Agile Resources

2013

Acquired Midstates Tool & Die

As part of LCI’s automation initiative, LCI acquired Midstates Tool and Die in order to streamline manufacturing efficiencies.

Acquired Midstates Tool & Die

2013

Jason Lippert named CEO of Drew Industries

Just ten years after being named CEO of LCI and Kinro, Jason Lippert was named CEO of Drew Industries. Jason’s strong leadership continues to move the company forward to further growth and diversification.

Jason Lippert named CEO of Drew Industries

2013

Lawrence Lippert inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

On Aug. 5, 2013, Larry was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for his lifelong work in the industry.

Lawrence Lippert inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

2013

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at new headquarters.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence celebrated with LCI and parent company Drew Industries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on our corporate headquarters. Pence said, ''This is a real success for Elkhart County, and for the state and people of Indiana. This ribbon-cutting reaffirms that the RV market is coming back stronger than ever — and it will be centered here in the state of Indiana for generations to come.''

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at new Drew Industries and Lippert Components Elkhart headquarters