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 .

Lippert Components Names New Regional Operations Manager

Wed Jul 6, 2016

146782273968751.jpgElkhart, Indiana – Lippert Components, Inc. has announced that Jim Menefee has been named Regional Operations Manager to support LCI’s operations including many of the regional facilities outside Elkhart County.

”Jim adds valuable industry knowledge and experience in operations management that will prove highly valuable to our ongoing goals of organic growth and new product creation," Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert says. "His previous roles leading multiple facilities, both internationally and in the U.S., will help make us even more successful in the markets we do business. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Jim aboard.”

Menefee brings more than 15 years of successful international experience to LCI. Most recently, Menefee held the position of Group Vice President – Firearms & Accessories for Remington Outdoor Company where he was responsible for four manufacturing facilities, one wood stock facility and one accessories distribution facility. In the years prior to his work with Remington, Menefee was Vice President of Operations for Dometic Corporation, directing eight manufacturing facilities in the U.S., one in China and one in Mexico. Menefee holds a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cameron University in Oklahoma.

“I am excited to join the LCI team," Menefee says. "Helping to grow and develop people is my passion and I am humbled to join such a people-focused group. As a resource, I am eager to help the team grow and achieve our long term competitive strategies.”

Menefee will help further LCI’s operational goals using his years of operational experience in the fields of electronics, refrigeration and awnings, according to a press release. He will oversee operations both internationally and at certain LCI plants located within the U.S. Menefee began his position with LCI on July 1.