2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

New Alabama Facility Gets Girard Closer to Customers

Wed Oct 9, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

157062973842756.jpgGirard Group has commenced operations at its new manufacturing facility in Red Bay, Ala.

The new operation allows Girard to better supply customers in southern states and to offer installation, warranty and repair services to its awning and shade customers.

The company broke ground on the new facility just 11 months ago.

The 5-acre site includes a 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing and service facility.

Based in San Clemente, Calif., Girard has produced awnings and shade products from its facilities in San Clemente and Goshen. It also produces tankless water heaters from the Goshen plant.

In addition to custom awning production, Girard also claims it was the first to produce motorized lateral arm awnings for RVs. The company also produces awnings and shade products for home and commercial applications.

Girard supplies awnings to several OEMs, including Tiffin Motorhomes, whose headquarters, manufacturing and customer service is also located in Red Bay.

“You’d be surprised at how many Tiffin owners bring their RVs to Red Bay,” Girard Goshen General Manager Jerry Rennert says.

“We have been working with Tiffin for more than two years and now Girard can offer awning services to Tiffin customers,” Rennert says.

The opening of a production facility in Alabama allows Girard to offer its custom awning services to many of the smaller RV manufacturers located in the Southeast and its dealers across the region.

“We don’t tell the OEMs what awnings to use on their RVs, they tell us,” Rennert says. “So far, it’s worked out well.”

The Red Bay service center is open for warranty service and repairs for all Girard products. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For appointments, call: 256-333-4200.

Information about Girard products and services, visit the company website here.