The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Wed Jun 29, 2016
Don Clark of Grand Design Recreational Vehicles has been awarded the 2016 Ohio Valley EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the hospitality and leisure category.
Grand Design was founded in 2011 by Clark and brothers Bill and Ron Fenech, who left Keystone RV to pursue another opportunity in the RV industry. Clark took on the challenge and he says it has been a wonderful experience to build something special.
"There's a sea of manufacturers out there. When we started, we had to be different," Clark says. "We had to go left when everyone else went right. We don't follow the pack."
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is one of the most prestigious business awards for new businesses and entrepreneurs. This is the award's 30th anniversary and Clark says the award is humbling and representative of everyone's hard work at the company.
"I'd like to congratulate all the other finalists," Clark said in his acceptance speech. "To build a great company, you first have to have a really strong idea and a purpose. You also need great people. We're very blessed to have 826 phenomenal people."