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RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

Thor's Jayco Acquisition Will Affect More Than 11,000 Employees

Tue Jul 5, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana — A merger of two giants in the local RV industry won't bring many changes for employees, but significantly alters the make-up of the industry behind the scenes.

Thor Industries, the world's largest RV maker, announced Friday it would acquire the family-owned Jayco Inc., a Middlebury-based manufacturer, for $576 million. But little will change for employees when they return to work Tuesday after the holiday weekend, including the management team at Jayco.

For Elkhart County, where Thor and Jayco employ a combined 11,200 people, the acquisition is big news. But Brian Clark, chairman of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, says the change shouldn't affect the area in a negative way.

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