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Bill Dawson, vice president and general manager of Clean Seal Inc., and his wife Joan

Clean Seal Inc., a key supplier of trim pieces to the RV industry since 1978, is fully equipped to keep up with the demand for manufacturing components to ensure customers receive prompt delivery on parts, according to Bill Dawson, the company’s vice president and general manager.

The company’s facility in South Bend, Ind., includes more than 72,000 square feet of primarily warehouse space for stocking inventory, which includes a wide variety of stock and custom extruded rubber seals, grip and trim seals, trim moldings, and extruded plastics parts.

Dawson noted Clean Seal has procedures in place to ensure the company will remain a key supplier to the RV and adjacent industries for the next 40 years and beyond.

“We’re very quality-driven and very customer-oriented. We keep a lot of product in stock. We use a ‘con-bon system,’ which basically means if we know a customer is using something, we’ll keep the product in stock. As it goes down, there’s a card that we pull and we’ll remake the stock,” Dawson told RVBUSINESS.com.

“We understand the OEMs’ fears of being able to keep up,” he continued. “We have no problem with that. We’ve got the labor; we’ve got good people. We’ve got the equipment. We’ve got the maintenance on the equipment. We just don’t have problems.”

Dawson said the stocking issue is something Clean Seal takes “very seriously,” noting that the company once again achieved ISO status earlier this year.

“OEMs are worried about the supply chain and if people can keep up. We pay attention to and analyze what’s going on so we can work ahead. It’s worked for us for years,” Dawson said. “We’ve become a lean manufacturing company; we did that several years ago and it’s done nothing but help us. 

“We do what we say; we say what we do. We keep accurate records. We want to know where our product is going, what it’s going to be used for, so we can steer the customers to the right adhesive, the right compound. 

He bemoaned the “knock-off” products trying to gain a foothold, saying Clean Seal doesn’t believe “cheaper is better.”

“Again, it’s quality, quality, quality. We don’t want to sell it, and then go back and have to apologize for selling it. We want it done right the first time,” Dawson said.

Clean Seal was the original seal manufacturer for the OEMs back in the 1970s, Dawson noted, and has been in expansion mode ever since. The management staff and many production workers have been with the company for more than 20 years.

“We’ve kept up with technology,” he added. “We’ve got a new computer software system that we’re just instituting. We’re constantly training. We’re constantly looking for better ways to manufacture, better products — whatever we can do.”