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.
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.
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.
LCI manufactured thousands of FEMA chassis to aid in the relief effort of Hurricane Andrew.
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.
LCI began serving the RV market with its first line of travel trailer RV chassis.
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 acquired We-Shape and expanded its RV Chassis product line.
Building on the We-Shape acquisition, LCI purchased Quality Frames in 2002 to expand its growing RV chassis product line.
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.
LCI acquired ET&T, a manufacturer of specialty trailer chassis, expanding its market reach into the travel trailer, cargo trailer and adjacent trailer industries.
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.
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.
LCI acquired Venture Manufacturing, adding to its manufactured housing business.
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.
The acquisition of Steelco allowed LCI to further expand its RV Chassis and slide-out footprint.
LCI began manufacturing CoachStep products, allowing it to produce heavy-duty weatherproof motorized steps for motorhomes.
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.
LCI acquired Extreme Engineering and began building specialty trailers for high-end watercraft.
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.
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.
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.
LCI acquired the rights to manufacture several In Wall Slide-Out products, namely the revolutionary In Wall Slide-Out slide mechanism and aluminum RV leveling cylinders.
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.
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.
LCI acquired M&M Fabricators to grow and diversify products into the RV motorhome and specialty markets.
LCI acquired Home-Style to offer a full line of furniture and mattresses to the northwest travel trailer RV market.
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.
LCI introduced its popular Solera line of manual and electric awnings and protective slide-out sleeves.
LCI acquired Starquest to expand further into specialty markets by producing windows for truck caps and windows and doors for horse trailers and buses.
The Dexter Chassis Group operations acquisition helped make LCI the leading supplier of chassis and slide-out mechanisms for towable RVs.
LCI acquired Amerimax and launched an innovative line of RV entry door products developed from combined Amerimax and LCI technology.
LCI acquired Agile Resources to expand its thermoforming product production in the Midwest and to further expand plastic production for specialty markets.
As part of LCI’s automation initiative, LCI acquired Midstates Tool and Die in order to streamline manufacturing efficiencies.
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.
On Aug. 5, 2013, Larry was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for his lifelong work in the industry.