With 70 years of technical experience and the best people in the industry, LaSalle Bristol CEO, Rick Karcher, believes that their organization sets the standard for service and performance in the manufactured housing and recreation vehicle industries. By Chris Petersen
As one of the leading providers of building and plumbing products to the RV and manufactured housing industries LaSalle Bristol faces some strong competition. Nevertheless, President and CEO Rick Karcher says, LaSalle Bristol stands head and shoulders above those competitors because of the company’s unwavering focus on delivering on its promises to its customers.
The company has existed in its current form since 1996, when parent company Arran Isle merged two of its acquisitions, LaSalle-Deitch and Bristol Products. However, Bristol Products had been serving customers with plumbing products since 1947 and LaSalle-Deitch supplied building and decorative products beginning in 1961, so the company has had a long-standing presence in the industries they serve. LaSalle Bristol has combined its own internal brands with those of well recognized branded companies to offer a product line that includes lighting, ceiling fans, flooring, air-handling equipment, plumbing, and building and exterior products. Karcher says the company’s customer base includes some of the most recognized names in manufactured housing and recreation vehicles. “We sell a wide variety of products to OEMs in both of those markets,” Karcher says.