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LaSalle Bristol LP / Headquarters: Elkhart, Ind. / Employees: 312 / Specialty: Manufacturing and distribution of housing and RV products / Bill Kinch, senior vice president of operations: “[Safety] is a key factor in all of our operations.” Master Partners lasalle bristol has prospered by partnering closely with its vendors and customers. LaSalle Bristol LP, based in Elkhart, Ind., is comprised of three operating units – BPC Mfg., Air Systems and LaSalle Bristol Distribution – serving the North American factory built housing and recreational vehicle industries from 22 strategically located manufacturing and distribution facilities. Merged in 1996 from the former LaSalle Deitch, Bristol Products (Bristol Trailer) and Sunrise Pipe & Supply companies, LaSalle Bristol has more than 60 years of service in these industries. While it can be challenging to do two things at once, particularly in the manufacture and distribution of products, LaSalle Bristol excels at both. Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rick Corry says LaSalle Bristol sells to virtually every producer of system-built housing and recreational vehicles. “We’re aligned with our customers’ sales management teams and design committees to source or develop the products needed to help them drive sales and grow market share,” he says. lasalle bristol has been serving the housing and recreational vehicle markets for six decades. Outside of the LaSalle Bristol family, BPC also serves a variety of OEM and aftermarket customers involved in such diverse markets as automotive and industrial air handling equipment. BPC Mfg. is proud of its ISO9002 certification, achieved in 1996, and continues its high standard of excellence today. Fresh Air LaSalle Air Systems provides a complete HVAC line of both fiberglass and aluminum duct products for the factory built housing and RV industries. In 1996, LaSalle Air Systems added a fully automated progressive die stamping operation that produced sheet metal fittings and register boxes to the site-built industry throughout Texas. Air Systems was able to use its inhouse expertise and duplicate the progressive die stamping process at the Florida operations and now serves the factory built housing industry with this same technology. The ProDuct Metals division serves site-built customers, as well as being a regional hub for Air Systems factory built manufactured products in that region. Today, LaSalle Air Systems, head- Molding the Best BPC Mfg. is the injection molding and assembly company for LaSalle Bristol. Located in Plymouth, Ind., it has been molding and assembling the best RV and Marine faucet, the proprietary branded Utopia, for more than 30 years. In addition to faucets, BPC also produces such products as lavatory bowls, utility showers, termination valves and drain fittings, making them the largest supplier of plumbing products to LaSalle Bristol Distribution. 134 WINTER 2012 quartered in Lakeland, Fla., is an industry leader in HVAC component systems for both the factory built housing and recreational vehicle industries. In 2008, Air Systems developed and began marketing a brandnamed product for its grilles and registers called Force Flow products. This proprietary product allowed Air Systems to grow business and gain market share while providing customers with quality, recognizable products for today and for the future. LaSalle Air Systems continually works with fiberglass duct board industry leaders to introduce a new product technology. “We believe these new products will set the standard for the industry going forward, and will be a vital part of sales growth,” Corry says. In addition, LaSalle Bristol provides clients with engineering design services – which, Corry says, many of their competitors do not deliver. “Many of them just provide the parts and pieces as opposed to a system approach,” Corry adds. A Perfect Solution LaSalle Bristol Distribution is a market leader in the distribution of quality items, providing just-in-time deliv-

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012