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Stephen A. Milks, president of recreational vehicle supplier Fan-Tastic Vent Corp., passed away Thursday (March 9). Milks, who co-founded the Michigan-based company in 1985 with partner David C. Struck, was 65.
Milks designed the first Fan-Tastic vent system when he and Struck were working for Champion Home Builders, a manufactured housing OEM.
The firm began production in Burton, Mich., but decided to relocate its fan assembly plant to Capac in 1995 to increase capacity. A devastating fire followed the move in January of 1997, resulting in a total loss for the company.
Milks and Struck quickly located a new plant at its present location in Imlay City and within 11 days the company was back in production. In 2001, Fan-Tastic Vent reached a benchmark with the sale of its 1 millionth fan.
Family and co-workers defined Milks’ philosophy as “build a better product, supply it on time and stand behind it 100%.”
Milks is survived by his wife Penny, daughter Stephanie and son, Stephen.
A gathering of family and friends is scheduled for March 14 from 3-10 p.m. at the Davison Country Club in Davison, Mich. The family requests any donations be made to the Josephine Ford Cancer Center or Genesys Health Park.