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LaSalle Bristol
www.lasallebristol.com / HQ: Elkhart, Ind. / Employees: 330 / Rick Karcher, president/CEO:
"We believe that we have the best service performance to our customers in our industries."

Midwest

focused on delivering on its
promises, lasalle bristol serves
the manufactured housing and
recreational vehicle industries.

Standing Apart

lasalle bristol sets the standard for service and
performance in its niche. by chris petersen
As one of the leading providers
of building and plumbing products
to the RV and manufactured housing
industries LaSalle Bristol faces some
strong competition. Nevertheless,
President and CEO Rick Karcher
says, LaSalle Bristol stands head and
shoulders above those competitors
because of the company's unwavering focus on delivering on its promises to its customers.
The company has existed in its current form since 1996, when parent
company Arran Isle merged two of
its acquisitions, LaSalle-Deitch and
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Bristol Products. However, Bristol
Products had been serving customers with plumbing products since
1947 and LaSalle-Deitch supplied
building and decorative products beginning in 1961, so the company has
had a long-standing presence in the
industries they serve. LaSalle Bristol
has combined its own internal brands
with those of well recognized branded companies to offer a product line
that includes lighting, ceiling fans,
flooring, air-handling equipment,
plumbing, and building and exterior
products. Karcher says the compa-

ny's customer base includes some of
the most recognized names in manufactured housing and recreation
vehicles. "We sell a wide variety of
products to OEMs in both of those
markets," Karcher says.
Working together with industry designers to anticipate trends and with
upper level customer executives in
strategic planning is part of LaSalle
Bristol's commitment to putting service first and offering value as well
as being an organization that can get
things done for its customers.

High Performance
"The core of our business is our ontime, in-full service performance,"
he says. "We believe that we have
the best service performance to our
customers in the industry." In 2015,
LaSalle Bristol shipped nearly 12.5


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