• 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Ruggable to its interior accessories category, a two-piece system featuring a washable rug cover and detachable non-slip pad. This patented product is constructed of non-toxic and naturally flame-resistant materials, comes in a variety of trendy designs, and is stain resistant as well as pet friendly. Ruggable is cushioned for comfort but lightweight enough for easy lifting and washing, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas.

“We’re pleased to include Ruggable as part of our vast line of RV aftermarket products. The product offers creative solutions that transition from RV and travel trailer use to home and outdoors,” said Ron Weatrowski, Category Manager at NTP-STAG. “Furthermore, our exclusive relationship with Ruggable highlights our commitment to aligning our customers with the right product at the right value,” he added.

Michael Malm, Executive VP of parent company Crystal Art Gallery shares the same sentiment about the new venture, adding, "We are very excited to partner with NTP-STAG for the distribution of the Ruggable two-piece rug system within the RV market. Because this patented solution allows the consumer to be able to peel the top of the rug off of the non-slip base for easy cleaning in a home washer and dryer, we feel confident that RV owners will embrace this new format rug as standard equipment in every RV across the country. It will make clean up after a trip so much easier and is an especially good solution for those consumers with pets."

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Stellar Innovative Products to its LP Gas category. Stellar Innovative Products was founded in 2016 with a goal of developing clever and useful products. The core team of designers and engineers at Stellar Innovative Products is focused on that mission with its first product to market, the Valve Grip.

Offering a safe and easy way for customers to open and close propane tanks, the Valve Grip is an attractive add-on accessory for campers, boaters, tailgaters, and RV enthusiasts. Stellar Innovative Products is also developing The Badge, a patent pending, snap-on bike accessory. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, The Badge comes in two finishes and can be personalized with custom engravings.

“Our team is always excited to welcome aboard new brands with a creative and useful line of products,” said Ron Weatrowski, Category Manager at NTP-STAG. “NTP-STAG is proud to be an exclusive distribution partner of Stellar Innovative Products in the RV aftermarket, and we look forward to offering its growing line of products to our customers,” he continued.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

Exeter, PA - NTP-STAG is pleased to announce several customer service enhancements to the Account Center on viantp.com. “We are always looking for ways to leverage our online B2B platform to provide better resources, tools and communication that makes it easier to do business with us,” says Tom Romanoski, Director of Customer Care at NTP-STAG.

The foundation for the company’s development process was customer feedback. “We were careful to listen to what our customers were saying and discovered that our internal team had similar interests in sharing information faster allowing said customers to self-service more during any hour of the day,” states Romanoski. The site improvements were engineered internally and launched at the beginning of June.

The Account Center enhancements allow NTP-STAG customers to review their invoice history, initiate return to stock MRA requests, view accounts receivable billing and payment history as well as their order history. The new interface even allows customers to cancel an order and view what will be delivered that day.

“These upgrades provide our customers the information they need when they need it to help manage their accounts with us. We do that every day with the products we deliver and now we can do it with customer information, too,” says Romanoski. “These are great additions to our customer service model and we have already started working on creating new user guides and “how to” videos for the site to help our customers learn how to take advantage of these improvements.”

To learn more about the Account Center on viantp.com, active NTP-STAG customers simply need to login and click the Account Center button located in the top right corner of the site. They can also contact their account representative for a site tour and tutorial.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Siamons International Inc, Store Solutions, and Acuva Technologies to its RV and Towing categories. Siamons International, founded in 2003, manufactures Concrobium Mold Solutions—cleaning products that are safe, non-toxic, and very effective. In business for 15 years, Siamons has worked closely with homeowners, builders, professional mold remediators, and property managers to develop innovative solutions for stubborn mold, moisture, and cleaning jobs. Their entire product line is endorsed by Mike Holmes of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes” and a great addition to the NTP-STAG RV and Towing categories.

Also joining the lineup is Store Solutions, the creator of EasyKlip®, the world’s strongest tarp clip. Perfect for home, boat, or RV, this patented design is five times as strong as competitors’ and actually grips tighter the more it is pulled on. EasyKlip® tarp clips and bungees fasten tight to virtually any surface without tearing, and they detach easily with the twist of a coin. An award-winning consumer favorite developed in Europe, EasyKlip® makes hundreds of jobs easier.

Finally, NTP-STAG is proud to welcome Acuva Technologies, a startup company based in Vancouver Canada who specializes in advanced water purification UV-LED systems. Acuva is dedicated to providing safe and convenient, eco-friendly water solutions using proven technology. The company’s UV-LED reactor eliminates harmful microbial pathogens by exposing them to high-intensity UV radiation recommended by the NSF standard. This allows for real-time purification with minimal maintenance and removes the need for bottled water.

“While we initially designed the Acuva solution for use in infrastructural challenged places such as boats, RVs and cottages, there are numerous applications for our UV-LED technology,” said the company. These innovative and energy-efficient systems are easy to install and easy to market, ensuring customers have confident access to safe drinking water in a variety of environments.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 2/2/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

Exeter, PA (February 2, 2018) – Coming off the heels of the most successful NTP-STAG EXPO ever, the company announced today that the 2019 event will be held in Nashville, TN at Gaylord Opryland, January 21-22. “Our experience at the Gaylord Texan was outstanding this year which only served to reinforce our decision to use another Gaylord property in 2019,” stated John Spaulding, Director of Communications and Events for NTP-STAG. “The all-under-one-roof design of their resort and the extensive list of amenities available on-site or nearby should really be a nice draw for our guests. We set the bar pretty high this year and are confident the 2019 EXPO will be even better.”

NTP-STAG reported that the 2018 EXPO grossed the highest sales numbers of any previous event, eclipsing their record breaking 2017 show in Anaheim, exceeding their internal targets with double digit gains. “The results this year were phenomenal,” said Bill Rogers, Keystone/NTP-STAG Business Leader. “We saw an increase in the number of attending accounts placing orders and the average order size for those accounts were up considerably over the previous year. Having a 21% increase in the number of supplier lines sold, told us that dealers continue to look for new items and lines to supplement their existing business and EXPO is the place they come to find them.”

Strong participation at RV University reinforced the company’s observation that continuing education and product training remain an important need in the market. According to Fred Petrivelli, VP of Sales for NTP-STAG, “The technical product seminars and PRO business development trainings were very well received from the dealers I spoke to. Hosting more than 900 people at RV University this year was huge, and you could sense from the feedback we were getting that our quality program delivers something that they don’t get anywhere else.”

The 2019 EXPO in Nashville will share the same two-day format that the company has used over the past two years. However, Spaulding adds, “We always try to add a special twist to our programming to create some excitement for our guests. 2019 will be no different so stay tuned for some exciting announcements.”

For more information visit ntpstag.com/expo or contact an NTP-STAG sales representative.

NTP-STAG is the leading full service distributor and marketer of aftermarket RV products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, experienced associates, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

  • 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Jeff Thomas

General Manager Bill Rogers set the stage at the NTP-STAG Expo Monday, by expounding on the need for education and training for the long-term health of the RV market, as well as outlining how important multi- or omni-channel marketing will become.

“We feel it is part of our company mission to coordinate industry resources to provide you with a quality curriculum filled with content you can take back to your business to improve the efficiencies and profits of your stores and service centers,” says Rogers at the Grapevine, Texas-based, expo, presented by Blue Ox. “My firm belief is that if independent, local dealers like you do not do well, then we will not do well. So, I hope you found this morning’s (RV University) sessions engaging, worthwhile and packed with ideas that if put to work result in generating improvements in your business.

While the RV industry has recently seen incredible growth, Nelson noted there are still challenges for the industry, including employee shortages, product demand from OEs and Distributors stretching supplier resources, and the increased demand for campsites. New technologies, including connectivity requirements, also will require significant investment in the future, Rogers said.

“The good, the bad and the ugly of media coverage is a double-edged sword for the RV industry,” Rogers says. “As RVing becomes more mainstream, our vehicles, users and the market will capture headlines in the press and social media that can sway public opinion about the lifestyle and the utility of RV ownership.

Perhaps receiving the most time during the luncheon meeting, sponsored by Valterra, was Roger’s acknowledgement of the changing landscape of marketing, in which brick-and-mortar dealerships, must intertwine traditional marketing efforts – such as print, radio and television – with mobile-ready digital outreach, email and social media. Citing an OP-ED article he wrote in the December Issue of RV News, referencing a 2017 Walker Sands study, Rogers noted:

  • 46 percent of consumers prefer to shop online instead of in-store
  • Free shipping (80 percent) and fast shipping (54 percent) are still the top incentives for consumers to purchase more online
  • In the past year, 13 percent of consumers have ordered something for same-day delivery, up from 9 percent in 2016
  • Despite the fact that 54 percent of consumers still prefer to shop in store, more than three-quarters of shoppers (77 percent) think the online customer experience will eventually surpass the brick and mortar customer experience.
  • In-store shopping seems to be making a comeback among younger shoppers: Among 18 to 25-year-old consumers, 58 percent prefer to shop in a physical sore, compared to less than half (46 percent) of 26- to 45-year-old shoppers
  • In addition to discounts, consumers say unique experiences will cause them to shop more in physical stores

“The underlying story is that channels of shopping and channels of communication have become so intertwined that they are really more interdependent than ever before,” Rogers says.

“The whole idea of single channel selling is long gone. Now digital strategies need to be married with traditional advertising strategies, social media strategies and what goes on within the physical confines of a store to better engage and connect with consumers to promote sales and loyalty.”

  • 10/23/2017 12:00:00 AM

EXETER, PA (October 23, 1017) – Parts Via is a new jobber friendly eCommerce solution developed by Keystone Automotive Operations that connects brands, through a unique network, to retail outlets and consumers. It is a web-based solution which creates a seamless transaction environment built over a supply chain network and infrastructure that can deliver anything from light bulbs and exhaust systems to tow bars and truck bed products to just about anywhere in North America next day.

According to Eric Fairchild, at Keystone. “Parts Via gives consumers the convenience of purchasing authentic branded products online with the choice to have them shipped to one of Keystone’s many qualified network retailers and installers. Parts Via provides consumers with unparalleled access to local services, technical expertise and installation support that traditional online purchases do not provide.”

Parts Via creates a strategic alliance between brands, retail outlets and consumers using Keystone’s technology, inventory, warehouses and fleet to enhance the shopping experience for consumers while growing sales for the Parts Via partner and dealer network. It enables and helps businesses capture sales where and how consumers shop in the fastest growing sales channel, always pulling the local retail outlet into the transaction.

“How we make it work is simple,” says Fairchild. “A consumer purchases an authentic branded product from their favorite branded website. We give them the choice to ship their purchase to their home or pick it up at a local network dealer’s location, gaining access to installation and service.” In either case the local establishment participates.

Keystone’s supplier partner’s website serves as the point of consumer engagement and Parts Via coordinates efforts to secure the sale and channel post-transaction activity (pick up in store and installation) with local merchants (network dealers). Parts Via bridges the customer engagement gap that leaves local brick and mortar retail outlets disconnected in most e-commerce transactions.

On behalf of the supplier partner and the retailer (network dealer), Parts Via develops the eCommerce components, runs transactions, manages distribution and oversees customer support. “This type of coordinated network partnership is unique and made possible only through Parts Via,” says Fairchild. “After a year’s worth of testing with very positive results and a ton of data and testimonials, we look forward to expanding our network with new suppliers and network dealers in the coming months,” he concludes.

Suppliers and retailers, dealers, installers and jobbers interested in learning more about Parts Via can visit www.partsvia.com.

  • 10/23/2017 12:00:00 AM

Chicago, IL (October 23, 2017) - LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) today announced that its Specialty Segment, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. (‘Keystone”), agreed to acquire the aftermarket business of Warn Industries, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance vehicle equipment and accessories. Warn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV).

Established in 1948, Warn’s aftermarket business offers a broad product line of winches, hoists, locking hubs and bumpers, with over 350 employees serving specialty retailers and distributors globally. Holding over 130 patents, Warn has a long history of developing the highest quality, most technologically advanced products in the industry.

“Warn’s leadership position and premium iconic brand offer our Specialty Products Group the ability to drive our long-term strategy of growing our core markets and developing viable points of entry into adjacent markets,” said Bill Rogers, Vice President and General Manager of Keystone. “LKQ and Warn will be committed to continuing delivery of great value to our customers and to growing our combined businesses to higher levels.”

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

  • 10/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

 

Exeter, PA. Keystone Automotive Operations has announced the acquisition of Topline Systems, Inc., a dealer and retail software development company that specializes in dealership/shop management and point of sales products that include comprehensive sales, service and parts management modules. “Our interest in looking at software as a solution for our customers began when we tried to think of new and improved customer support strategies and ways we could help our customers grow. What are the challenges our customers face that we can help them overcome?” states Keystone Business Leader, Bill Rogers.

“After hundreds of customer visits in the markets we serve we determined that inventory management, procurement, sales processes, and fundamental reporting and analytics were areas that many of our customers struggle with. The options available to them are either complicated and expensive, or too simplistic and ineffective. We felt a robust and easy to use alternative was needed and found Topline’s suite of products a perfect fit,” adds Rogers.

Keystone and Topline have a long history of working together, collaborating on a variety of projects. “We are excited about continuing our work with Keystone in a much more significant way,” comments Topline president, Steve Karafas. “The availability of capital and other resources they bring to the relationship will result in expanded features and benefits for existing users and help our emerging presence supporting customers in new markets as well.”

The foundation of Topline’s software is firmly rooted in the owner-manager-doer mindset. It was developed at a dealership with a retail store and a service/installation shop - for that business, by that owner. The same daily decision making process used to run the business was engineered into the software and has application well beyond the market it was initially intended to serve. This thoughtful - “I’ve actually done this work before” - approach has resulted in a feature-rich software solution that is affordable, easy to install, and easy to use.

“There are hundreds of dealers in North America using the Topline program today and we intend to keep things business as usual for them. They will experience no interruption in services or be required to work any differently than they have in the past. In fact, our intention is to operate Topline independently to maintain the existing securities and confidentiality that all of Topline’s customers and business partners have enjoyed,” commented Rogers. “We are looking forward to expanding on the foundational programming solutions that Topline has developed and applying them to businesses in other markets with similar needs, including the automotive aftermarket where we see a significant opportunity.”

Keystone intends to infuse capital and resources into the company to help it continue developing customer satisfaction solutions in the markets they serve. “For over 50 years, Keystone / NTP-STAG has been committed to partnering with our customers to not only provide them the broadest and deepest inventory selection and world class fulfillment capability, but also helping them continue to grow and succeed by offering end-to-end marketing solutions and innovative e-commerce solutions,” says Rogers. He adds, “The addition of Topline allows us to continue to offer new ways to help our customers grow and succeed by providing value based, high quality, state of the art business solutions, including Dealership Management, Point of Sale, Service, and Parts Management.”

  • 6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
  • Sherman Goldenberg

Exeter, PA.-based Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. (KAO) had previously announced the opening of its sprawling, 360,000-square-foot Brownstown, Mich., warehouse, which has been shipping parts and accessories orders to independent automotive retailers and RV parts and accessories clients since last fall. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com page linked above).

But the company’s new “Great Lakes Warehouse” got a more public initiation on Saturday (June 25) when Keystone, led by several senior executives, welcomed more than 100 customers for a casual meet-and-greet session plus lunch and tours of the facility just south of metropolitan Detroit after which attendees joined the “Keystone Team” for a Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians baseball game.

Also in attendance were a handful of supplier exhibitors, including bed-cover maker Truck Hero Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., and hitch manufacturer Cequent Performance Products Inc., Plymouth, Mich.

KAO’s Brownstown facility, now one of seven key warehouses positioned nationally for a company that bills itself as the world’s largest automotive parts and accessories distributor, is designed to service primary Brownstown Open Housecross-dock fulfillment locations in places like Akron, Ohio, Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich., and to speed deliveries throughout the north-central U.S. and parts of Ontario.

“I think the most important thing for us to get across is that we’ve always serviced this region as a company,” explained George Lathouris, director of U.S. automotive sales for KAO, a unit of Chicago-based LKQ Corp. “But we needed this facility and the inventory that’s inside it to do a better job here because of the growth and expansion that we’ve been experiencing as an organization. We just needed more square footage.

“So, instead of adding onto an existing facility, we put our merchandise closer to the customer, so they’re getting great order fill – quickly without a lot of transferring – coming right out of this facility directly to their stores.”

And while a clear majority of Keystone’s business is automotive — as were most of Saturday’s open house guests — KAO spokesmen indicate they’ve made a lot of progress lately in integrating the RV parts and accessories businesses added over the past two to three years with the acquisitions of North America’s three largest two-step RV distributors, including Oregon-based NTP Distribution Inc., Atlanta’s Stag-Parkway Inc. and, last August, The Coast Distribution System Inc., Morgan Hill, Calif.

In fact, Lathouris told RVBUSINESS.com that RV dealer parts and accessories deliveries are now part and parcel of KAO’s daily routine, with many delivery trucks now fitted with large “cannon tubes” for handling RV awnings and moldings. And, he noted, the overall impact has been a positive for a business built on volume deliveries across the country.

“I think it’s been great for the (overall Keystone) organization because it gives us the opportunity to offer varied products and, let’s just say, frequency of delivery because the increased volume in the organization gives us the opportunity to service all of our customers better – more cross-docks, more trucks, more inventory, more people,” said Lathouris, who’s based out of Corona, Calif. “It’s a situation where we can take care of more customers in a more effective fashion.”

Now that the integration of NTP and STAG has been completed, the main order of business on the RV side is to finish off the same process with Coast, a process that, according to John Ruch, vice president of fulfillment and logistics, should be finished in six months to a year.

“We’ve integrated or are in the process of integrating 13 of Coast’s 17 buildings,” said Ruch. “The four that are left are Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Elkhart, Ind., and Visalia, Calif. And we’re going to continue through the rest of the year looking to see where we can provide better customer service by combining deliveries on our trucks and getting products more quickly out to our customers. We’re going to continue to integrate where we can, so there’s really no plan solidified yet on dates or anything. But we’ll just look to continue to provide that better customer service. By having everything consolidated, you have better inventory, better cut times and more consistent deliveries.”

Bottom line, Lathouris and Ruch agreed, RV parts and accessories are now part and parcel of what KAO does on a regular basis at all seven of its main warehouses.

“Our true value proposition is we take many different products, put them on one delivery truck and for one fee we drop off — one item or 20 items – a small part of the truck or the entire truck – for one fee — and the merchandise can come from any one of our seven locations direct to the customer,” said Lathouris. “The fact that it may be large and bulky and we can get it there so efficiently, I think, is some of the magic that we offer to the customer base. I think it’s worth noting.”

 

  • 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Bill Rogers stepped into the role of vice president and general manager for NTP-STAG in July 2015, during an especially hectic time for the RV parts distributor. About the same time Rogers took the helm, the company reorganized its top management team, it began its consolidation and reorganization of Coast Distribution’s operations following the acquisition, it continued its integration of Stag-Parkway’s operations after acquiring that distributor in October 2014, and it continued with its intensive planning for The Expo, it’s first combined NTP-STAG distributor show and what is believed to be the largest RV aftermarket show ever.

Some might find juggling those various responsibilities daunting, but then Rogers is no stranger to holding executive leadership positions in supply chain management, with a long track record of working for such companies as General Electric, Textron/ Bell Helicopter and Keystone Automotive, the parent company of NTP-STAG.

“My job is really easy, given I am surrounded by an excellent team of competent, passionate and highly experienced professionals,” he says modestly. “My emphasis is on keeping us focused, removing obstacles and bureaucracy, and on customer satisfaction.”

As the NTP-STAG show was winding down on Jan. 20, Rogers took time out of his busy schedule to talk with RV PRO about the show, the state of the company’s ongoing process of integrating three national RV distributors, the combined company’s expanded services to assist dealers, and its overall plans moving forward.

RV PRO: With the acquisitions of Stag-Parkway and Coast Distribution now behind you, what’s the message you want to get out to the industry, especially for dealers attending this show?

Rogers: I think our overall intent is to take the opportunity to say, ‘We’re not some big (corporation) that has no face. We’re all of the same people you’ve dealt with forever.’ Nothing has changed.

In fact, hopefully we’ve done a good job of integrating and taking the best of everything (from NTP, Stag and Coast) in a well-balanced manner and with a broad section of the people from those organizations and applying it to the task at-hand.

And to be really humble about it, in all honesty. We understand there are options, we really do. And if we don’t do things the right way, shame on us; it’s ours to lose. We have to do the right things and earn the business we have.

RV PRO: Where are you in the integration process today? Are things basically wrapped up, or is there still more to do?

Rogers: No, things aren’t done. Yes, there are things left to do.

I think we’ve integrated seven warehouses out of 17. At this point, we are focused on the execution of The Expo and the show orders and that activity. So, there’s nothing more planned for the next few months at this point. But I guess, overall, I would say that, by the end of 2016, we should be mostly done.

RV PRO: When the integration is complete, what do you envision the company will look like?

Rogers: I think it will end up looking like an expanded version of NTP-STAG. With the resources and the combination of the people, processes and systems, I think we will have more and more customer satisfaction, more customer service options, enhancements to systems, broader offerings, and just continue to work on satisfying customers.

RV PRO: So, NTP-STAG Coast, a Keystone Automotive company, seems like a bit of a mouthful. Any thoughts on a possible company name change moving forward?

Rogers: That’s a great question, and everyone is focused on it. … I think, once we get through the integration, we’ll come up with some name that makes sense for the business going forward.

I think that name will probably be separate from the Keystone or the automotive side, because Keystone on the automotive side has a long history and it makes sense to keep it in place on that side.

It was easy when it was NTP-STAG; it seemed to fit together. We had a nice solution for that. … So, maybe we just retain NTP-STAG, or maybe we just start with something new altogether to keep it fresh.

RV PRO: To what extent do you see the combined company keeping any of the specific elements that were distinct to NTP and Stag and Coast?

Rogers: We have taken a good examination of each of the businesses and gotten input from each of the organizations to say: What do we do well? What do we not do so well? How does it fit into the logistics structure that we’ll press on with?

In terms of things like the shows, the marketing, how we set up, and who we put in place in terms of the inside and outside sales force: All of those things are where most of the opportunities are to get feedback from both our internal folks and from our customers. Whatever elements of the businesses are retained will be the result of that input.

RV PRO: Of course, Coast had its own line of branded products, such as the Husky towing products, the Faulkner furniture and the Powerhouse generators. Has there been a determination yet as to whether the combined company will continue to sell those products?

Rogers: Yes, they will be offered moving forward. There’s no reason not to continue to support those lines. There are customers that are depending upon those lines today.

They are a brand that Coast created. Whether we would have taken that same approach, who knows? But our ownership of those brands is certainly something that we wouldn’t do anything to hurt.

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  • 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM
  • Bradley Worrell and Jesse Sidlauskas

The first show since NTP, Stag-Parkway and Coast Distribution all combined offered one large buying venue for dealers.

NEW ORLEANS – More than 2,500 people turned out for NTP-STAG’s distributor show, dubbed The Expo, to shop from nearly 200 exhibitors.

This year’s show, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, marked the first time that formerly separate distributors NTP, STAG and Coast Distribution were all together under one roof as a combined company. And while show officials didn’t release numbers, the expectation was that it would be the largest RV distributor show ever in terms of dealer turnout and sales.

“We don’t have the numbers in yet, but we’ve definitely exceeded any show we’ve done before, so we’re real pleased,” said Bill Rogers, NTP-STAG vice president and general manager. “I’m sure the numbers will exceed anything we’ve done in the past.”

For their part, vendors remarked positively on the volume of traffic and commerce throughout the two-day show.

“It’s gone very well,” Chase Healy, Furrion director of specialty vehicle sales, said late in the closing day of the two-day event. “We’ve sold a lot of product.”

“Sales-wise, it was huge for us,” said Bob Brammer, president of Stromberg Carlson, who noted the company saw particularly strong orders for its jacks. The NTP-STAG show “exceeded our expectations,” he added.

“It went well; we moved a lot of systems – even better than we expected going in,” said Erik Guldager, national sales manager, mobile products, for Winegard. The supplier launched three major products at the NTP- STAG show and got “an incredibly good response on our new, low-cost Dish Playmaker satellite product. Dealer feedback on that product was wonderful,” he said.

Valterra CEO George Grengs commented favorably on the “excellent dealer attendance,” noting that “it looked to be the largest show on record for the RV aftermarket.” Valterra reported that its best sellers at the show included its Dominator Sewer Kits and its Pure Power and Odorlos Tank Treatments.

Debuting New Ordering Technology

The busy opening afternoon led to a shortage of order forms as dealers stopped by on the opening day to pick up forms as part of a shopping process. Still, by the next day, the buyers’ demand for order forms appeared met, leaving vendors to collect purchases throughout much of the day.

In future years, the need for a paper supply could become a contingency, as NTP-STAG tested an electronic ordering system on 49 iPads at the show. That system operates like many online shopping carts, allowing buyers to search through the NTP-STAG parts catalog for stock keeping units (SKUs) from NTP, Stag and Coast. Totals are given in either Canadian or U.S. dollars, based on preference.

NTP-STAG’s parent company, Keystone Automotive, first tested the idea with a smaller batch of iPads at an automotive show in Canada in July. The distributor used the NTP-STAG show to debut a larger rollout of the technology.

Patrick Stevenson, who oversees information technology for NTP-STAG, said that the idea is to eventually replace the paper shopping and ordering system with a more advanced version of the electronic system being tested.

“The engine is just a search, and it differs from VIA as a value to suppliers,” he said. “It’s a cross- reference search for parts, so you’re not going to look by part type to find (for example) a hitch, but if I know my part type – whether its NTP, Stag, Coast or manufacturer part number – the results start to narrow down.”

As he punched a number into the search bar, a dropdown list populated and began to narrow product options as he reached the end of the SKU, before finally offering options of products.

The electronic system has some advantages over the paper standard, Stevenson said. Most notably, a full electronic rollout – which the company hopes to achieve in the coming years – would minimize the amount of paper used at the shows.

“The amount of paper that is used at a combined event like this is monumental,” Stevenson said. “We brought more paper to this show than we did all four automotive big shows in the spring, and the demand has been overwhelming.”

Still, it is unlikely that the paper system will ever become entirely obsolete, according to Stevenson, who noted that it will likely play a role as a backup to the electronic system in the future.

“You always want to have a Plan B because you’re subject to connectivity challenges,” he said. “So we’ll always have a Plan B in the form of paper, but the goal is to go into the electronic era full steam ahead, and then maybe in conjunction with some combination of devices at booths and/or devices within the customer’s hands.”

Terry Trailer Auction Garners Money for Hall of Fame

At the close of the show on Jan. 20, NTP-STAG officials named the winner of a silent auction for a fully restored 1978 Terry travel trailer, with all proceeds being donated to the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Urs Buechin, owner of Heidi’s RV Superstore in Hawkestone, Ontario, won the auction, with a winning bid of $20,300.

“NTP-STAG believes in the RV Hall of Fame mission, and we are happy to offer up the Project Terry Trailer as a fundraising tool to help the Hall of Fame continue its good work,” John Spaulding, NTP-STAG marketing director, RV said. “All the proceeds of the silent auction, plus a $5,000 contribution by NTP-STAG will go the the RV Hall of Fame.”

The trailer was restored with new brakes, bearings, hubs, tires and wheels, as well as siding, an awning, a new roof, vents and graphics. On the interior, new lights, toilet, sinks, tanks, furnace, air conditioning, refrigerator, range, water heater, furniture, counters, floors and woodwork were installed.

Project Terry sponsors include Carefree of Colorado, Coleman-Mach, Dicor, Husky Towing Products, JR Products, Norcold, Powerhouse Products, Suburban, Thetford, Valterra, Ventline by Dexter and Winegard.

 

  • 1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
NTP-STAG hosted The Expo in New Orleans on January 19-20, 2016. The combined NTP-STAG Expo 2016 incorporated the best features of the NTP Expo and STAG's Driving Success show. It was the largest RV conference in North America. A record number of attendees were able to explore the luxury and splendor of New Orleans while participating in the many money saving opportunities available during the Expo. The attendees were able to meet with the vendors and learn about the new and exciting products available in the industry for 2016. The RV University Seminars once again proved to be a great way for dealers to become more proficient in many areas of their business.

With consolidation rampant throughout the U.S. economy, the RV industry’s aftermarket parts and accessories companies – suppliers, dealers and distributors alike – are now taking their turn. The driver in this case is LKQ Corp. (Nasdaq: LKQ), a Fortune 500 company that in less than two years has acquired the nation’s top three distributors – Keystone Automotive Operations Inc.’s NTP Distribution Inc., Atlanta-based Stag-Parkway Inc. and, most recently, The Coast Distribution System Inc. The fact that all three companies are now operating under the same corporate umbrella managed by Keystone – one dominant player — has generated plenty of industry buzz on several levels. So, Bill Rogers, vice president and general manager of Keystone/NTP-STAG, agreed to address some of those concerns in this, a new weekly e-feature called, ah, “The Buzz.”

RVB: Some in the marketplace right now are concerned at how all this consolidation may potentially limit options for suppliers and dealers and result in higher prices. How would you respond to that criticism as it relates to the NTP, STAG and Coast rollup?

Rogers: We know there’s a concern out there. We know it because we are in constant contact with our suppliers and dealers as we work through our integration plan and because we are listening and making strategic decisions to ensure that those concerns are addressed up front.

From a suppliers perspective I think the benefits of consolidation are sometimes lost in the debate. If you consider the cost of selling to three competitors – the cost of training, supporting catalogs, trade shows, discounts and promotions – it is considerable. Not just from a financial perspective, but from a time perspective as well. Essentially it takes three times the effort. Take this a step further and consider the effort that was required to fill orders for more than 20 warehouse locations. That’s 20 P.O.’s, 20 AR records that have to be managed, 20 picks and 20 shipments. Consolidation cuts the amount of work to service the accounts from an administrative perspective by two-thirds.

The other benefit that comes along with having a larger presence in the market is coverage. This is a critical and often overlooked benefit when suppliers are considering their distribution strategy. Here’s an example of what I’m referring to: Imagine getting complete market coverage – U.S. and Canada — on a key product launch. When you can leverage an organization like ours, the sheer size brings an inertia and energy to the initiative that translates into improved business. It’s a lot harder to get that kind of penetration and collaborative results working with several different companies or businesses that don’t understand the market.

RVB: Is your approach to the RV industry any different than it is for your automotive clients?

We have made considerable changes to how Keystone fundamentally operates to insure the “automotive” model doesn’t override the requirements to serve our RV customers. We have unique order entry requirements for RV and automotive. We have separate sales teams for both. Most of our product management and marketing functions are unique to the market. Most important, we have exceptional people who came to us through our acquisitions and have been in the industry for years and years. These folks know more than we could ever learn if we had to develop the know-how organically.

With those changes and experience come significant benefits to our dealer customers as well. We have the largest inventory of parts and accessories in the market, so dealers shouldn’t have to hunt around for the part they’re looking for. We also have unique marketing, education, merchandising and trade show offerings that the individual competitive companies would have had difficulty delivering. So, you see, consolidation has benefits for dealers, too.

RVB: What about pricing – a delicate topic that logically emerges when one company, in this case Keystone, gains such a dominant edge?

You know, we’ve made it a priority to try and keep our pricing aligned with what customers were getting from their prior distributor. It hasn’t been easy. In some instances we found that dealers were buying below our costs, which needed to be corrected. In some instances we found that we mismanaged the data during integration and inadvertently changed a price – which, by the way, we corrected once we discovered our error.

In some instances we actually lowered the price. We are not consciously going out and raising prices to our customers. We are however, mindful of maintaining reasonable margins so that we can continue to support the market for the long haul.

At the end of the day, consolidation brings about an emotional response from folks. We get that. What we are trying to do is stay focused on the task at hand – maintaining our service levels through integration – while building an organization that earns the trust of our customers. We honestly don’t mind being held to a high standard because we believe as the leader we should set the pace and tone for the type of experience customers deserve. Our hope is this standard is applied equally across the market as suppliers and dealers consider their options.

  • 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Jane Donnelly

EXETER, PA - Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.  announced plans to open two additional distribution centers, securing its foothold and extending its reach in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes region and both Central and Western Canada.

In combination, the new facilities located in Cheney, Washington and Brownstown, Michigan; add an additional 500K square feet of inventory space to Keystone’s current 2 million sq. ft. footprint, enhancing service capabilities in these critical geographies.  Cross dock and truck run expansion will be a likely output of the new warehouse locations.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that we are expanding our operation once again,” says Bill Rogers, VP and General Manager of Keystone. “Our leadership role in both the RV and Automotive industries is something we take very seriously.  We will continue to invest in our business to meet the expectations of our customers and suppliers, supporting our objective to provide ‘Everything you need… when you need it.’  This growth is very exciting for us and should have a favorable impact in both markets. ”

Both warehouses are expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2016.

Chicago, IL (August 19, 2015) - LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) announced the completion of its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CRV) for $5.50 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 12:00 midnight Eastern Time at the end of the day on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

The depositary for the tender offer has advised LKQ that as of the expiration of the tender offer, approximately 4,367,676 shares have been validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the tender offer (including 59,105 shares tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery), representing approximately 84.04 percent of Coast’s outstanding shares (including 59,105 shares tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery representing approximately 1.14 percent of Coast’s outstanding shares). Accordingly, the minimum tender condition for LKQ’s pending acquisition of Coast has been satisfied. As a result, LKQ accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer all shares of Coast common stock that were validly tendered and not withdrawn prior to expiration of the tender offer (including all shares tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery), and payment for such shares will be made promptly. LKQ expects to complete the acquisition of Coast later today through a merger effected pursuant to Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.


About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements that are based on LKQ’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. These forward looking statements generally include expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding our future, including statements about the planned completion of the merger. Forward looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors some of which are not currently known to us. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements as a result of various factors. Some of such risks, uncertainties and other factors are described in LKQ’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We assume no obligation to publicly update any forward looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made, except as required by law.

Chicago, IL (July 9, 2015) - LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) and The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CRV) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for LKQ to acquire Coast for $5.50 per share in cash. Coast is a leading distributor of replacement parts, supplies and accessories for recreational vehicles (RVs) primarily to retail parts and supplies stores, service and repair establishments, and new and used RV dealers in North America. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, a subsidiary of LKQ will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Coast’s common stock for $5.50 per share in cash. The tender offer is required to be commenced within 10 business days and to remain open for at least 20 business days after launch.

The consummation of the tender offer is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including that the holders of at least a majority of Coast’s outstanding shares accept the offer. Any shares not tendered in the offer will be acquired, following consummation of the tender offer, in a second step merger at the same cash price as in the tender offer. The acquisition is currently expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. Coast's Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that Coast stockholders accept the offer and tender their shares. Total cash consideration payable for Coast’s outstanding shares is approximately $29 million. As of June 30, 2015 Coast had $19.5 million outstanding under its long-term revolving bank line of credit.

“The combination of Coast with our Specialty segment and RV business presents tremendous distribution and logistics synergies with our existing network, and expands our RV business with the addition of unique product offerings and brands,” stated Robert L. Wagman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and Duff & Phelps, LLC are acting as financial advisors to The Coast Distribution System, Inc. in this transaction.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

About The Coast Distribution System, Inc.

The Coast Distribution System, Inc. (www.coastdistribution.com) is one of North America's largest wholesale aftermarket suppliers of replacement parts, supplies and accessories for the recreational vehicle (RV) and outdoor recreation markets. Coast supplies more than 14,000 products through 17 distribution centers located in the United States and Canada. Coast's customers consist of independently-owned RV dealers, supply stores and service centers.

Additional Information

The tender offer described in this news release has not yet commenced. This news release and the description contained herein is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Coast Distribution System, Inc. At the time the tender offer is commenced, LKQ and its wholly owned subsidiary, KAO Acquisition Sub, Inc., intend to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer, and Coast intends to file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer. LKQ, KAO Acquisition Sub and Coast intend to mail these documents to the stockholders of Coast. These documents will contain important information about the tender offer and stockholders of Coast are urged to read them carefully when they become available. Stockholders of Coast will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents (when they become available) and other documents filed by Coast, LKQ or KAO Acquisition Sub with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents (when they become available) from the information agent named in the offer to purchase or from LKQ.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements generally include expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding our future, including with respect to the proposed transaction described and statements or assumptions regarding the expected timetable for completing the transaction, financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, and other statements that are based on management's current beliefs and expectations of the company and the combined businesses. Forward looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors some of which are not currently known to us. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements as a result of various factors. Some of such risks, uncertainties and other factors are described in LKQ’s and Coast’s annual reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We assume no obligation to publicly update any forward looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it was made, except as required by law.

Recent Articles

NTP-STAG Welcomes Ruggable to its Interior Accessories Category

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Ruggable to its interior accessories category, a two-piece system featuring a washable rug cover and detachable non-slip pad. This patented product is constructed of non-toxic and naturally flame-resistant materials, comes in a variety of trendy designs, and is stain resistant as well as pet friendly. Ruggable is cushioned for comfort but lightweight enough for easy lifting and washing, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas.

“We’re pleased to include Ruggable as part of our vast line of RV aftermarket products. The product offers creative solutions that transition from RV and travel trailer use to home and outdoors,” said Ron Weatrowski, Category Manager at NTP-STAG. “Furthermore, our exclusive relationship with Ruggable highlights our commitment to aligning our customers with the right product at the right value,” he added.

Michael Malm, Executive VP of parent company Crystal Art Gallery shares the same sentiment about the new venture, adding, "We are very excited to partner with NTP-STAG for the distribution of the Ruggable two-piece rug system within the RV market. Because this patented solution allows the consumer to be able to peel the top of the rug off of the non-slip base for easy cleaning in a home washer and dryer, we feel confident that RV owners will embrace this new format rug as standard equipment in every RV across the country. It will make clean up after a trip so much easier and is an especially good solution for those consumers with pets."

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

NTP-STAG Welcomes Stellar Innovative Products

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Stellar Innovative Products to its LP Gas category. Stellar Innovative Products was founded in 2016 with a goal of developing clever and useful products. The core team of designers and engineers at Stellar Innovative Products is focused on that mission with its first product to market, the Valve Grip.

Offering a safe and easy way for customers to open and close propane tanks, the Valve Grip is an attractive add-on accessory for campers, boaters, tailgaters, and RV enthusiasts. Stellar Innovative Products is also developing The Badge, a patent pending, snap-on bike accessory. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, The Badge comes in two finishes and can be personalized with custom engravings.

“Our team is always excited to welcome aboard new brands with a creative and useful line of products,” said Ron Weatrowski, Category Manager at NTP-STAG. “NTP-STAG is proud to be an exclusive distribution partner of Stellar Innovative Products in the RV aftermarket, and we look forward to offering its growing line of products to our customers,” he continued.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

NTP-STAG Rolls Out New Customer Service Features Within VIA Account Center

Exeter, PA - NTP-STAG is pleased to announce several customer service enhancements to the Account Center on viantp.com. “We are always looking for ways to leverage our online B2B platform to provide better resources, tools and communication that makes it easier to do business with us,” says Tom Romanoski, Director of Customer Care at NTP-STAG.

The foundation for the company’s development process was customer feedback. “We were careful to listen to what our customers were saying and discovered that our internal team had similar interests in sharing information faster allowing said customers to self-service more during any hour of the day,” states Romanoski. The site improvements were engineered internally and launched at the beginning of June.

The Account Center enhancements allow NTP-STAG customers to review their invoice history, initiate return to stock MRA requests, view accounts receivable billing and payment history as well as their order history. The new interface even allows customers to cancel an order and view what will be delivered that day.

“These upgrades provide our customers the information they need when they need it to help manage their accounts with us. We do that every day with the products we deliver and now we can do it with customer information, too,” says Romanoski. “These are great additions to our customer service model and we have already started working on creating new user guides and “how to” videos for the site to help our customers learn how to take advantage of these improvements.”

To learn more about the Account Center on viantp.com, active NTP-STAG customers simply need to login and click the Account Center button located in the top right corner of the site. They can also contact their account representative for a site tour and tutorial.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

NTP-STAG Welcomes Siamons International Inc, Store Solutions, and Acuva Technologies

EXETER, PA – NTP-STAG welcomes Siamons International Inc, Store Solutions, and Acuva Technologies to its RV and Towing categories. Siamons International, founded in 2003, manufactures Concrobium Mold Solutions—cleaning products that are safe, non-toxic, and very effective. In business for 15 years, Siamons has worked closely with homeowners, builders, professional mold remediators, and property managers to develop innovative solutions for stubborn mold, moisture, and cleaning jobs. Their entire product line is endorsed by Mike Holmes of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes” and a great addition to the NTP-STAG RV and Towing categories.

Also joining the lineup is Store Solutions, the creator of EasyKlip®, the world’s strongest tarp clip. Perfect for home, boat, or RV, this patented design is five times as strong as competitors’ and actually grips tighter the more it is pulled on. EasyKlip® tarp clips and bungees fasten tight to virtually any surface without tearing, and they detach easily with the twist of a coin. An award-winning consumer favorite developed in Europe, EasyKlip® makes hundreds of jobs easier.

Finally, NTP-STAG is proud to welcome Acuva Technologies, a startup company based in Vancouver Canada who specializes in advanced water purification UV-LED systems. Acuva is dedicated to providing safe and convenient, eco-friendly water solutions using proven technology. The company’s UV-LED reactor eliminates harmful microbial pathogens by exposing them to high-intensity UV radiation recommended by the NSF standard. This allows for real-time purification with minimal maintenance and removes the need for bottled water.

“While we initially designed the Acuva solution for use in infrastructural challenged places such as boats, RVs and cottages, there are numerous applications for our UV-LED technology,” said the company. These innovative and energy-efficient systems are easy to install and easy to market, ensuring customers have confident access to safe drinking water in a variety of environments.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

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