ELKHART, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII), which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. ("LippertTM"), supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, today announced the acquisition of Kaspar Ranch Hand Equipment, LLC (“Ranch Hand®”), a South Texas based manufacturer of custom bumpers, grill guards, and steps for the automotive aftermarket. Prior to the sale, Ranch Hand was a subsidiary of the Kaspar Companies, a fifth-generation family-owned company headquartered in Shiner, Texas since 1898.
Founded in 1986, Ranch Hand pioneered the heavy-duty truck accessory market by being one of the first manufacturers that designed and engineered custom equipment specifically matched to the owners’ vehicles. “Protected from the unpredictable” is a motto that represents Ranch Hand’s products that not only enhance the look of the vehicle but also serve as highly engineered steel barriers that help protect that vehicle’s passengers in a head-on accident. Ranch Hand’s full line of custom fit bumpers and accessories accommodate OEM sensors without compromising the truck’s safety features, making it as functional at work as it is on the road.
“The CURT Group acquisition in 2019 began our official entry into the automotive accessory aftermarket, and with the Ranch Hand acquisition, we are further supporting our dedication to becoming a large player in this space,” said Jamie Schnur, Group President of Lippert’s Aftermarket business. “Ranch Hand’s brand presence in the space is well-respected. Its front bumpers are viewed by consumers as a premium accessory, in large part due to the added level of safety for the truck owner.”
Rock Lambert, President of CURT, commented, “We are extremely pleased to add Ranch Hand to our portfolio of premium brands. Ranch Hand is synonymous with front-end protection and has enjoyed a leadership position in the automotive accessory aftermarket industry for years. We believe that our design, manufacturing, and distribution expertise will help the brand to continue to expand its reach and pursue long-term success. We are very excited to add the Ranch Hand team to our existing group of outstanding team members.”
“We have worked hard to grow the Ranch Hand brand over the last 20 years and are glad that it is in the hands of a company with the success record of Lippert,” said Jason Kaspar, Chief Executive Officer of the Kaspar Companies. Continued Kaspar, “Ranch Hand products, as well as its culture, fits very nicely into Lippert’s portfolio of automotive products. The two companies' core values are very much in sync, where their team members feel supported and are treated like family. In the end this was very important to us as we made this decision. We thank all the Ranch Hand team members for their hard work and dedication and rest assured they are in good hands with the family at Lippert.”
About LCI Industries
LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert, supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting primarily of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries, primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. Lippert's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; towing products; truck accessories; electronic components; and other accessories. Additional information about Lippert and its products can be found at www.lci1.com.
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