Coast Distribution opens new testing center

MORGAN HILL, Calif. – The Coast Distribution System, Inc. has opened a new Design and Test Center in Elkhart, Ind. to better enable the company to design, develop and test new products for its North American customers, Coast said in a release yesterday.

The parts and accessory supplier to RV, marine, and outdoor power equipment dealers officially opened the 18,000-square-foot building a few months ago. The facility has enlarged Coast’s overall design and development staff and adds resources for product prototyping, computer simulation testing and physical testing.

The Elkhart-based testing center is the fourth operated by Coast, with other centers located in China, Taiwan, and Wilsonville, Ore.

“This new Design and Test Center allows Coast to develop the next generation of products for our customers,” said Dennis Castagnola, executive vice president of Coast. “It enables us to start with a product concept, test the product to the latest industry and national standards and provide after-sale technical and product training to our dealers. It’s location in Elkhart is strategically positioned near the largest manufacturing area for RV products in the U.S. and also central to our customers and distribution centers.”

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