Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 3222 - April 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management Equipment in Morristown, Tenn., figures if it “ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s why he’s keeping pretty much his entire lineup — featuringgrills,tables,firerings,receptacles and other outdoor products for the camp- groundandparkindustries—intactfor2017. Don’t expect flashy marketing from Frosty’s, as Kimbrough prefers substance versus style. His motto is “provide a good product and do what you say, then they’ll order it. You keep doing right by them, and they’ll keep re-ordering it.” Frosty’s offers a variety of grills that Kim- brough said are probably his biggest sellers. Some are adjustable, some are covered, some are connected to fire rings and others are designed to fit on pedestals. Suffice to say, if you need a grill, Frosty’s will have exactly the right one to meet the need. His most popular grill is a 14-by-20 inch grill that adjuststofourdifferentcookingheights,with “stay cool handles” that allow adjustments while cooking. Other top sellers include picnic tables (with and without boards) of varying sizes and shapes, including a Walk-Thru Picnic Tablemadeof1-inchgalvanizedpipe,aswell astrashandrecyclingreceptacles,including one that’s bear-proof. “Basically we’d just talk to campground owners, see what they want and try to give them something better than what they had,” he told WCM. “They just want something that will hold up. The public is hard on equip- ment,butit’sthebasisoftheirbusiness.Ifthe campers are happy, then they keep coming back.” Chadwick Manufacturing 800-732-4602 For more than 50 years, Chadwick Mfg. of Chadwick, Ill., has been a leading manufac- turer of picnic table frames, park benches, campfire grills, and fire rings to parks and campgrounds. Owner Allen Smith said the company wouldprettymuchcarryoverthesameprod- uct line for 2017 as it had last year, including the picnic table frames for which Chadwick Mfg. has come to be known. The tables are one-piece welded end frames and the walk- through frames are constructed from heavy 14-gauge steel tubing and are available in brown enamel or galvanized. “Oursaremadewith14-gaugeframingas opposed to 16-gauge which seems to be what many others are made out of. So ours is a little heavier. We’ve been making them that way for almost 60 years now. And some of the early ones are still working. That’s the worstpart;theydon’twearoutfastenough,” Smith said. In addition, Chadwick Mfg. offers a line of pedestal-topped park grills, available as either stationary or portable models, as well as a combination Campfire Ring and Grill. “Our grills and fire rings are constructed using 3/16-gauge steel with heavy ½-inch grill bars that will provide you with years of cooking and campfire fun,” Smith added. “Our waist-high grills, that you may have seen in many parks, are available for setting in concrete with a 42-inch post, or we also have portable units. The waist-high grills are made of the same high quality materials that the cook grills and fire rings are made with. The finish is rust-resistant black enamel.” Gerber Park Products 800-393-9923 Since 1969, Gerber Park Products in Madison, Wis., has manufactured and furnished campground owners with many outdoor products such as picnic tables, shelter tables, fire rings, park grills, chairs, love seats and other outdoor furniture. New for 2017 is a line of outdoor furniture made with recycled plastic, including Adirondack chairs, love seats, tables, swivel gliders, chaise lounges and double gliders with tables in between them. “We even have some glider chairs with a moose standing between two pine trees as the backrest. It’s very unique,” said Tom Reed, who, after having been the company’s productionmanagerthepreviousfouryears, purchased Gerber Park Products in July 2016. In fact, boards made of that same recy- cled plastic — which is not to be confused with the thinner material found at big box stores,Reedmentioned—arealsoavailable for the company’s line of Gerber Tables, which have been a popular choice for many campground owners. Although some customers do opt to also purchase Gerber’s No. 2 Southern Yellow Pine — treated or untreated—Reedsaidmostparkownersgo for the free shipping on a pallet of 15 frames, purchaseboardsfromtheirlocallumberyard, and build the table themselves. “The picnic table hasn’t changed since Chuck Gerber built the first one in 1969 — and he still comes into the shop every now and then,” Reed said, adding a center chan- nelinthetable’smiddlebracestheframeand secures the boards. “That table has been a staple of the company. They just keep selling and selling. It’s amazing the calls that I get becausecustomerswilllookatthestickeron the table and give us a call. It’s the cheapest advertising we’ve got.” —Justin Leighty and Rick Kessler WCM Frosty’s recycling receptacle. Chadwick’s picnic tables are a signature product. Gerber has been making tables for 48 years. OklahomaStateParksinDangerasBudgetCutsLoom Half of Oklahoma’s state parks are in danger of closing because of a nearly $900 million budget hole. KOCO News reported that tourism generates more than $8.6 billion to Oklahoma, and it’s money the state desperately needs. “We were asked by the appropria- tions chairwoman to come up with: ‘what would a 14.5% budget cut look like?’” said Leslie Blair, with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Those cuts would be a devastating blow to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Blair said. The cuts would affect state parks, which account for 67% of the tourism budget. “It’s scary,” she said. “There would be about 80 full-time employ- ees that would be affected by this.” Blair said the 14.5% would equal about $2.5 million in cuts. Sixteen of Oklahoma’s 35 state parks could close or be handed over to municipalities to run.