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                     HE BEGINNING

       t was an exceptional time in
       the United States in the late
                                          CEO, started on his
                                          dream and life’s work:
1940s. World War II had flexed the        Elixir Industries.
country’s muscles and instilled its          From humble begin-
citizens with an optimism and pride       nings the company has
never before felt. Across the nation,     grown into a manufac-
the promise of peace and prosperity       turing giant that today
had people looking toward a bright        includes two million
future. Young men from every walk         square feet of produc-
of life were setting out into a world     tion space and 1,300
                                                                      Elixir began in 1948 in this leased 600 square foot building in Los Angeles.
where anything seemed possible.           employees at divisions      The building is still in existence more than 50 years later.
                                          nationwide. It is dedicat-
   For one man, the future looked                                                                   In those early days, Mr. Sahm was
                                          ed to providing quality products and
to be painted with nothing but success.                                                          the company’s only salesman,
                                          service to customers around the world.
With spirit, vision and a knack for                                                              sometimes bringing in orders written
recognizing quality in both people and       The beginning for Elixir Paint &                    on a scrap of paper, a sheet of
products, Roland R. Sahm, founder and     Lacquer Company, as the first company                  cardboard, or even a piece of wood.
                                                    was called, was quite modest.                He was a businessman whose
                                                    In 1948, Mr. Sahm opened                     handshake is his word, and he has built
                                                    shop in a tiny 600-square-                   his company on relationships that
                                                    foot building in East Los                    have lasted a lifetime.
                                                    Angeles, California. After
                                                    buying surplus government
                                                    equipment at auction, he
                                                    began manufacturing paints
                                                    and lacquers for trailers
                                                    (as manufactured housing
                                                    was then known). Shortly,
                                                    implement enamels, furniture
                                                    finishes and structural steel
                                                    coatings were added to
                                                    Elixir’s product lines. The
                                                    expanding company soon
                                                    outgrew its small quarters
                                                    and moved to larger facilities
                                                    just a few blocks away.

Roland R. Sahm
Founder and CEO (1966)
                                                                                              Elixir’s early products included paints and lacquers for
                                                                                              trailers and manufactured housing. This building in
                                                                                              Gardena was one the company’s early facilities.

                     HE GROWING YEARS

      ot long after founding Elixir
      Paint & Lacquer Company, Mr.
                                                            fabrication with Mr. Sahm’s acquisition
                                                            of the first continuous 52-inch emboss-
                                                                                                                    ability to select the right people to help
                                                                                                                    the companies grow, proved to be an
Sahm started other businesses, as well.                     ing line on the West Coast. In 1966,                    unbeatable combination.
                                                            Spraymatic’s name was
   One of them, Bay Cities Paint Shop,
                                                            changed to Alum-A-Form
was incorporated in 1956. It evolved
                                                            Company to better reflect
into a company that manufactured
                                                            that company’s product lines.
exterior entry and specialty doors for
the recreational vehicle and manufac-                          The strengths of these
tured housing industries. In 1962, that                     companies lie in Mr. Sahm’s
company became Broadway Metals and                          ability to see opportunities
Fabricators.                                                and then turn them into
                                                            advantages. His knack for
   Another business, Spraymatic
                                                            bringing to the manufactured
Corporation, was started in the mid-
                                                            housing and recreational
1950s. It specialized in painting metal                                                              Broadway Metals and Fabricators was located in Gardena, California.
                                                            vehicle industries the                   Its two sister corporations in Elkhart, Indiana, and Douglas, Georgia,
sheets used on travel trailers, motor
                                                            products they needed,                    are profitable operating divisions today.
homes and mobile homes. Spray
                                                            combined with his intuitive
painting eventually gave way to metal
                                                                                                                       All through the 1950s and 1960s,
                                                                                                                    the business was growing by leaps and
                                                                                                                    bounds, and the companies expanded
                                                                                                                    operations and products. Manufacturing
                                                                                                                    and warehouse facilities were opened
                                                                                                                    in California, Idaho, Georgia, Indiana,
                                                                                                                    Oregon and Texas. Elixir Corporation,
                                                                                                                    as the paint and lacquer business
                                                                                                                    became known, along with its affiliate
                                                                                                                    companies, had grown into a full
                                                                                                                    service, nationwide travel trailer and
                                                                                                                    mobile home supply house.

Don Cook, one of Elixir’s 40-year employees, oversaw the first
continuous 52-inch embossing operation on the West Coast.
The machine is still in use more than 50 years later.

                                                                    Alum-A-Form Company, Gardena, California, was Elixir’s largest producer in the early years. Its
                                                                    sister corporations were forerunners of Elixir’s Meridian, Idaho, and Elkhart, Indiana, divisions.

                                                                                                                                   SINCE 1948

   In 1969, all the companies were                           states. But the fuel shortages of the
organized into Elixir Industries with                        mid-1970s that affected everyone in
corporate offices in Gardena, California,                    the nation hit the recreational vehicle
and divisions across the nation. That                        industry especially hard. Elixir reacted
year, Elixir first offered its
stock for over-the-counter
public sale.
                                                                                                                                   ROLAND R. SAHM,
   Three years later the stock                                                                                                     1917 – 2003. From 1948
                                                                                                                                   Mr. Sahm headed each of the
split 3 shares for 2, and Elixir                                                                                                   various companies he founded.
                                                                                                                                   In the early years he was
Industries became listed on                                                                                                        President and director. Beginning
the New York and Pacific                                                                                                           with Mr. Rapport’s tenure as
                                                                                                                                   President of Elixir Industries in
Stock Exchanges.                                                                                                                   1970, and excepting Mr.
                                                                                                                                   Montgomery’s tenure, Mr. Sahm
   The capital influx from                                                                                                         guided the corporation as
                                                                                                                                   Chairman and Chief Executive
both offerings was used for                                                                                                        Officer until his passing in 2003

further expansion. In the
ensuing years, Elixir added    Mr. Sahm (center left) and Jerry Rapport (center right) at the New York Stock
manufacturing sites in         Exchange on July 5, 1972, Elixir’s first day of NYSE listing.

Pennsylvania, Arizona, Colorado,             first by discontinuing marginal
Kansas, Florida, Washington and              operations and then making strategic
Alabama.                                     acquisitions to add sites in Minnesota,
   By 1973, Elixir employed close to                         Wisconsin and Arizona to its national
                                                             coverage.                                                             JERRY RAPPORT, employee
3,000 employees at 25 sites in 13                                                                                                  number 5, was key to Elixir’s
                                                                                                                                   administrative and corporate
                                                                                                                                   growth through the early
                                                                                                                                   1970s. From 1970 to 1973,
                                                                                                                                   Elixir’s early public-corporation
                                                                                                                                   years, Mr. Rapport was a
                                                                                                                                   director and the first President
                                                                                                                                   of Elixir Industries after Roland
                                                                                                                                   Sahm. Like Mr. Sham, Mr.
                                                                                                                                   Rapport successfully launched
                                                                                                                                   several companies, three of
                                                                                                                                   which were purchased and
                                                                                                                                   continued by Elixir.

Often a drawing or figure would be depicted on stock certificates to make
forgery more difficult. In place of the more commonly used mythological figure,
the likeness of Ramona A. Sahm, Mr. Sahm’s wife, was used for Elixir’s certificates.

                                                                                           In 1974 the corporation had
                                                                                           facilities spread across the country
                                                                                           in 16 states. Included were two RV
                                                                                           Centers of America retail and service
                                                                                           centers located in Arizona and

A                             COMMITMENT TO QUALITY

       eorganization continued into                            operational sites more strategically
R      the late 1970s and early 1980s.                         situated for servicing its customers.
On February 24, 1982, Mr. Sahm                                      After coming through oil embar-
bought back the 61% of Elixir                                  goes and mini-recessions sleeker and
Industries held by public shareholders.                        stronger, Elixir focused in the 1990s on
After 10 years on the New York and                             refining and enhancing its overall
Pacific Stock Exchanges, and 13 years                          business and operations systems to take
of public ownership, Elixir was again                          full advantage of current technologies.
a private corporation, owned and
                                                                    The turn of the millennium found
guided by its founder.
                                                               Elixir continuing to refine and enhance
   The 1980s were a whirlwind of                               its products and services.
expansion for Elixir, both in and                                  Today, the corporation provides
outside of its core businesses. By                             component parts for its traditional
1987, operations were again reassessed                         manufactured housing and recreational                     This 1974 Elixir brochure photo shows the wide variety of
                                                                                                                         products Elixir has manufactured.
and unified. Elixir managed its way                            vehicle industries and has diversified to
through the Southern California                                supply and service more than 80 other
recession by relocating all manufac-                           industries worldwide.
turing operations based there to its

                                                                                                                             Elixir has provided the recreational vehicle
                                                                                                                             industry with quality component parts since
                                                                                                                             its beginnings in 1948.

Many individuals have helped to guide Elixir through the years. This 1973 photograph includes the Board of Directors
(left to right): Roland R. Sahm, Chairman of the Board; Jerry Rapport, Vice Chairman; H. Kenneth Ward, President;
Fredrick C. Arndt, Executive Vice President; Robert Hohly, CPA; David D. Sterns, Vice President, Finance. Not shown is       Elixir has long been a major supplier to the
Robert K. Montgomery                                                                                                         manufactured housing industry providing a wide
                                                                                                                             variety of products.

                                                                                                                                              SINCE 1948

                                                                                                                                              H. KENNETH WARD joined
                                                                                                                                              Elixir in 1971 when Ward &
                                                                                                                                              Son, Inc., an RV appliance
                                                                                                                                              manufacturer, was acquired
                                                                                                                                              and became a wholly-owned
                                                                                                                                              subsidiary of the corporation.
                                                                                  Glues were part of the Elixir line of products. They were   Mr. Ward was a Director
                                                                                  supplied in bulk drums and totes for industrial applica-    during his tenure, and served
                                                                                  tions, or in small bottles and tubes for retail sale.       as Executive Vice President
                                                                                                                                              until he succeeded
                                                                                                                                              Mr. Rapport as President
                                                                                                                                              from 1973 until 1975.

                                                                                  Elixir trade names
                                                                                  through the years:
                                                                                  Custom Aluminum
                                                                                  Club Wholesale
                                                                                                                                              DAVID D. STERNS was a
                                                                                  Instant-Bond                                                director of the corporation
   Aluminum extrusions became a significant part of Elixir’s product line for
   both internal use and for external customers. Aluminum extrusion continues     Ironwood                                                    throughout his tenure. He
   today at Elixir’s Indiana and Georgia facilities. Custom parts are made for                                                                was Elixir’s Vice President of
   over eighty industries.                                                        G & L Steel                                                 Finance from 1971 to 1975,
                                                                                                                                              during which time Elixir
                                                                                  Mobile Trim                                                 became listed on the Pacific
                                                                                  Mobilastic                                                  and New York Stock
                                                                                                                                              Exchanges. He was Elixir’s
                                                                                  Northwest Mobile Products                                   President from 1975 to 1978.
                                                                                  Rixile Mobile Components
                                                                                  RVCA - RV Centers of America
                                                                                  Travel Trim
                                                                                  Tru Seal
                                                                                  Ultra Vent
                                                                                  Venturi Vent
                                                                                  Ward & Son

Elixir has more than fifty years of experience in producing RV and manufactured
housing entrance doors. This manufactured housing front entrance door was
very popular in the 1970s.

Y                          ESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW

                                                                    The mobile home and recreational vehicle
                                                                            industries have undergone many
                                                                                changes since 1948. Elixir has
                                                                             manufactured a wide variety of
                                                                                  products for these evolving
                                                                                     markets. Elixir products
                                                                                            have ranged from
                                                                                           paints, putties and
                                                                                       glues to RV stoves, ice
                                                                                 boxes and refrigerators. RV,
                                                                                 van conversion and specialty
                                                                          windows, as well as automobile sun
                                                                             roofs, have all been a part of the
                                                                                       Elixir line of products.

rinted with permission from The Michigan Manufactured Housing
                                                                                                                                           SINCE 1948

                                                                                                               Plas-T-Cote® roof coating   ROBERT K. MONTGOMERY,
                                                                                                               is another early and        partner at Gibson, Dunn &
                                                                                                               enduring Elixir product.    Crutcher, joined Elixir’s Board
                                                                                                                                           of Directors during the cor-
                                                                                                                                           poration’s NYSE-listed years,
                                                                                                                                           serving from 1972 through 198
                                                                                                                                           He was Chairman and Chief
                                                                                                                                           Executive Officer of Elixir from
                                                                                                                                           1979 to 1981 when he resumed
                                                                                                                                           his active law practice.
 ir roll-forms aluminum for RV and manufactured housing siding and roofing,
d steel for manufactured housing and other shelter structers.

                                                                                  Quality has always been an Elixir trade-
                                                                                  mark. Here a chemist quality checks paint
                                                                                  for the proper mix of ingredients.

                                                                                                                                           JACK E. DAHL,from 1980
                                                                                                                                           to 1984, was President, Chief
                                                                                                                                           Operating Officer and director
                                                                                                                                           of Elixir Industries. Prior to his
                                                                                                                                           joining Elixir, Mr. Dahl had
                                                                                                                                           served in many capacities in
                                                                                                                                           the RV and MH industries,
                                                                                                                                           including President of
                                                                                                                                           Fleetwood Enterprises and
                                                                                                                                           President of Guerdon
                                                                                   Roof vents (shown above) and ice-box                    Industries
                      This 1978 photograph shows a length of aluminum
                      emerging from an extruder. The aluminum is shaped            liners are made by melting plastic pellets,
                      by pressing heated billet through a die form.                injecting the liquid into a mold and then
                                                                                   cooling the molded item.

                                                                                                                                            DAVID C. WHITT joined the
                                                                                                                                            corporation in 1970 with a
                                                                                                                                            focus on sales for the Alum-
                                                                                                                                            A-Form Division, then Elixir’s
                                                                                                                                            largest producer. He rose
                                                                                                                                            through the ranks to Vice
                                                                                                                                            President of National Sales.
                                                                                                                                            Beginning in 1985 until his
                       RV entry doors (circa 1979 above) are manufactured to withstand road vibration. Hinges run the full                  retirement in 2001, Mr. Whitt
                       length of RV doors to add strength and ensure a continuos, uniform seal.
                                                                                                                                            served Elixir as President,
                                                                                                                                            Chief Operating Officer and
                       PRODUCTS/ SERVICE/INNOVATION

       xpert production of entry door
       products has been an Elixir
                                                              Vinyl siding production in the
                                                           Southeast United States expands this
specialty since the beginning. Full                        product line. Elixir continues to supply
ranges of painted aluminum folded-                         quality clapboard style and lap-style
edge doors, painted and vinyl-clad                         vinyl siding, vinyl soffit systems, and
steel doors, and combination                               vinyl-clad steel entry doors for the
entry/storm/screen door systems are                        shelter industries from its Lancaster
produced at facilities nationwide.                         County, Pennsylvania, facilities.
These doors are available with classic,                        Elixir’s aluminum extrusion facili-
beveled or etched glass windows                            ties in Indiana and Georgia house                    Elixir forms, fabricates and extrudes metals and plastics,
and side lights.                                           state-of-the-art manufacturing pro-                  and warehouses products at facilities nationwide. Elixir’s
                                                                                                                Leola, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania facility is shown
  Elixir also supplies steel frame                         cesses. From airplanes to windows,                   above.

chassis parts for manufactured housing,                    from bicycles to people movers, Elixir
recreational vehicles, cargo trailers and                  supplies more than eighty industries
farm implements.                                           with a wide range of extruded parts
                                                           in mill-finish, painted and powder-
   Elixir supplies metal siding and
                                                           coated surfaces. The combination of the
roof parts for the RV, manufactured
                                                           latest technology and
home and farm building industries.
                                                           years of experience
In 1998 Elixir doubled its Alabama
                                                           makes Elixir the leader
division’s manufacturing size to add
                                                           in custom extrusions.
corrugated metal sheet siding and
roofing, and vinyl siding production

                                                                                       State-of-the-art production of vinyl siding ensures the proper mix of raw materials.

                                                                                      The styles may change, but Elixir consistently maintains its standard of
                                                                                      high quality.
Today’s entry doors set the tone for a gracious welcome.

                                                                                                                                                        SINCE 1948

   Elixir expanded into Texas with its
newest facility in Waco, helping us
better serve our growing markets by
increasing production and warehouse
   Elixir’s Vancouver, Washington,
division custom forms plastic materials
into a variety of shapes. Awnings and
rock shield/window coverings color
complement the siding, doors and other
Elixir products for recreational vehicles.
Control panel covers for RVs and truck
cabs, molded seating for law enforce-                          Elixir’s 65,000 square foot facility in Vancouver, Washington,
ment vehicles, underground vault                               houses equipment for the vacuum and vacuum/pressure
                                                               forming of plastics.
liners, and many more plastic items
                                                               systems, and continues to set the
take shape here.
                                                               standard for top-notch manufacturing
   This division’s 65,000 square foot                          technology. Our distribution network
facility, built in 1997, houses rotary                         allows for just-in-time deliveries of all
and single-station vacuum formers and                          Elixir products to our increasingly
vacuum/pressure forming equipment.                             expanding markets.
The latest technology is available here
                                                                  Quality activities - products, service,
for enhanced vacuum forming to fine
                                                               and technological innovations - place
specifications and close tolerances.
                                                               Elixir at the forefront of its industry.
   Elixir was ready for the turn of the                        Elixir will continue to fulfill founder
                                                                                                                                 Elixir manufactures a wide variety of custom aluminum
                                                                                                                                 extrusions. Here aluminum billet is heated to 970
century with corporation-wide, state-                          Roland Sahm’s vision.                                             degrees to make the metal pliable for extrusion.

of-the-art business information

                                                                                                                   Elixir extrudes aluminum parts for customers in more than eighty industr
                                                                                                                   at its Douglas, Georgia (above), and Mishawaka, Indiana, facilities.

Vinyl lap siding provides buildings with long lasting beauty and ease of maintenance.

55   T
                                        YEARS AND BEYOND...

         he vision of service and quality Roland Sahm started in 1948 has been the
         guiding force that has sustained Elixir from the beginning. Today Elixir is a stable,
    diversified, quality-driven industry leader.
       We focus on mutually beneficial partnerings with our suppliers and customers, always
    exhibiting a “can-do” attitude. This assures that we will continue to successfully exceed
    the quality and service levels our customers have come to rely on.
       With a seasoned management team and a new generation of Sahm vision and enthusi-
    asm leading 1,300 employees among production/warehouse and administration support
    units, Elixir moves with strength, experience, and confidence toward this millennium’s
    challenges and opportunities.

                                                                ELIXIR PRODUCTS
    DOORS                                                        SIDING                               PLASTICS
    Entrance doors for manufactured                              For modular, manufactured housing,   RV travel shields
       housing, recreational vehicle,                               recreational vehicle, and         RV rock guards
       commercial and residential structures                        commercial structures             Custom injection molding
    Storage building doors                                       Aluminum siding                      Custom vacuum forming
    Atrium doors/patio                                           Ironwood® steel siding               Door hood awnings
    French doors                                                 Vinyl siding
    Storm doors                                                  Hardboard siding                     METAL FABRICATION
    Utility doors                                                Elixir 20/20™ Galvalume®             Steel frame and chassis parts
    Water heater doors                                           Power Rib™                           Steel roll forming
    Compartment doors                                                                                 Custom bowed roof rafters
    Aluminum doors                                               ROOFING                              Custom die-form parts
    Steel residential doors                                      Aluminum rolled roofing              Soffit/facia and trim parts
    Fiberglass residental doors                                  Galvanized steel rolled roofing
    Fire rated doors                                             Standing seam roofing                ALUMINUM EXTRUSION
                                                                 Corrugated roofing                   Customized die designs
    DOOR LOCKS                                                   Coated steel rolled roofing          Custom fabrication
    Motor home locks                                             Elixir 20/20™ Galvalume®             Powder coating
    Travel trailer locks                                         Power Rib™                           Anodizing
    Residential interior and                                                                          Drip caps
       exterior locks                                            ROOF COATING
    Stainless steel locks                                        Plas-T-Cote® roof coating            AND THE LIST CONTINUES
    Brass locks                                                  Plastic roof cement                  TO GROW..
                                                                 Black lap cement                     Aluminum coil
    VENTS AND RANGE HOODS                                        Aluminum fibered roof coating        Solid state power convertors
    Roof vents                                                   Elastomeric roof coating             Tubular skylights
    Roof vent lighting                                           Rubber roof coating                  Glass block windows
    Exit domes
    Plumbing vents                                               TAPES AND SEALANTS
    Mini vents                                                   Roof patching tapes
    Replacement covers                                           Butyl tapes
    Replacement parts                                            Silicone sealants
    RV range hoods                                               Putty tapes
    Residental range hoods                                       Tube caulking                        Visit our website at

valume® is a registered trademark of BIEC International, Inc.

                                                                                                             SINCE 1948

                                                                     “My grandfather’s vision for successful enterprises and
                                                                     our more than 55 years of strength and progression are
                                                                     an inspirational legacy. Elixir Industries continues to
                                                                     grow and provide viable products and services for our
                                                                     customers today and tomorrow.”

                                                                                      Christopher A. Sahm
                                                                                President, Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                           and Director
CHRISTOPHER A. SAHM, President, Chief Operating Officer
and Director since 2002, joined the corporation in 1996. Mr. Sahm,
grandson of founder Roland R. Sahm, has been involved with
Sahm family business interests for many years.

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