Thor Industries Inc. has pledged $100,000 and the RV Dealers Association of Canada pledged $100,000 Canadian dollars to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation.
The RVDA of Canada’s pledge is worth $74,500 in U.S. currency at current exchange rates.
The commitments were received earlier this week during the RVDA’s international convention in Las Vegas, which concludes today (Oct. 3).
The foundation supports the RVDA’s Learning center, which provides educational programs for RV dealership employees on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.
“We believe that it is incumbent upon all industry partners to work together for improved customer satisfaction and we believe that the Learning Center will have a profound impact on customer satisfaction,” said Rick Horsey, chairman of the RVDA Education Foundation and owner of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del.
Thor, whose subsidiaries include Airstream, Damon, Dutchmen, Four Winds, Keystone and Komfort, now is the largest RV manufacturer in terms of units produced.
Earlier this year, the foundation received a $200,000 pledge from Monaco Coach Corp., the leading diesel-pusher manufacturer, and Coach-Net pledged $125,000 over the next five years.
The foundation also received another $25,000 pledge from Jerry Greer, owner of Jerry Greer RV in Columbus, Ohio, and the Pennsylvania RV & Camping recently pledged $15,000.