Canadian RV hitch manufacturer Victoria Industries has been sold to U.S. company Demco Manufacturing, according to RVBusiness.com.
The small company, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, has become known for its Hijacker line of products, including hydraulic jacks, fifth-wheel hitches, under carriage receivers and camper steps. The business was owned by Geoffrey and Diane Cameron. Since Geoffrey's death in 2003, Diane has been running the business herself. It was originally started in 1967 by Geoffrey's father, Clyde, who worked in an RV shop and built manual jacks himself.
"With everyone going offshore to build things, we just can’t compete anymore," CEO Diane Cameron told the news source. "Being on an Island has also been difficult. We managed it but it gets harder and harder. It’s sad to let go. It’s bittersweet. You’re tired of losing money, but it’s been a family business for so long."
Demco will retain the Hijacker name and all intellectual property owned by Victoria. The U.S. manufacturer built its name in farm equipment, but recently has expanded its business offerings to marine and RV towing accessories.
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