Fabwel to Open New Innovation Centre

02 December 2005

At the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) annual trade show this week, Fabwel, a division of Owens Corning, announced the opening of a new science and technology centre in Elkhart, Indiana.

Fabwel has been a manufacturer and fabricator of RV components for more than 30 years, and locating near key customers in Elkhart – home to several of the industry’s top RV manufacturers and component suppliers – and Riverside, California will allow the company to bring their expertise to the doorstep of major manufacturers.

“As the RV industry continues to grow and prosper, Fabwel is committed to supporting RV manufacturers by creating relationships that help our customers succeed through innovative solutions, superior customer service and quality products,” said Chuck Jerasa, general manager, Fabwel. “As we continue to expand our capabilities and reach, we can now provide one-stop shopping from either of our locations that are right in our customers’ back yard.”

The 16,000 square-foot facility will open in January and provide application engineering, various testing functions at an on-site laboratory, process prototyping and material qualification for innovative product development and business solutions. All activities will focus on enhancing the current Fabwel product portfolio, which ranges from base materials to RV exterior and interior sub systems such as walls, floors and doors.

“The Elkhart S&T centre builds on Owens Corning’s 66 years of innovation and leadership in the composites and building materials markets, joining Owens Corning’s worldwide network of R&D centres,” said Frank O'Brien-Bernini, vice president, Science & Technology, Owens Corning.

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