Dehco launches marine wholesale distribution operation

ELKHART, Ind. — Dehco Inc. has launched a new division called Recreation Nation, which will provide aftermarket marine dealers with parts, equipment and accessories that were previously only available to OEMs.

April Klein, former vice president, customer support services, at Monaco RV LLC, was hired to lead Recreation Nation. She has 22 years of wholesale and retail expertise

“Having the freedom to structure existing resources to specifically suit dealer needs is exciting and will secure our success,” says Klein. “I think dealers will appreciate the ability to have direct access to the information and parts that Dehco companies have been supplying to the industry for years. This isn’t a start up venture; this is an established company doing what it does best. We already have an incredible lineup of products, unmatched buying power, distribution points across the country and, most of all, an entire team of Dehco veterans who are committed to putting the customer first.”

“This was a logical step for us, considering we were the company that originally supplied OEMs with many of the parts used to build their brands,” said Steve Papandrea, executive vice president of sales for sister company TriStar Distributing, “We often receive requests to provide parts to dealers, and Recreation Nation gives us an avenue to meet this demand. Our strong relationships with OEMs provide us with parts supply information that is not readily available elsewhere, which, when combined with April’s experience, puts us in the best position to make these resources available to the aftermarket world.”

Recreation Nation is headquartered in Eugene, Ore.

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