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 .

RV News Exclusive: Grand Design CEO Thanks Entire Company for EY Award

Tue Jul 12, 2016
Author: Cean Burgeson

146835342171045.gifPresident, CEO and Co-owner of Grand Design RV, Don Clark, was recently recognized as a 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young. The regional award was celebrated with a rally held July 12 at Grand Design’s facility in Middlebury, Indiana so Clark could thank his employees for their role in helping him to achieve this honor.

“This award isn’t about me,” Clark says. “I didn’t win this award. My two partners are just as deserving and our employees played a big part. In order to build a great company, you’ve got to fill it with great people. I really believe that we’re blessed with the best workforce in the area. It’s our people that make our company great.”

All 826 of these employees were given T-shirts listing each of their names to commemorate their part in earning this team accomplishment.

Grand Design was notified about being nominated for the award earlier this year. Ernst & Young then brought in a team to the plant to interview employees, look at their processes and review their financials. This team was “blown away,” Clark says, and asked three weeks later if they could also bring in a senior partner to see the operation for himself. After taking part in this discovery process, Ernst & Young’s panel came away with a great impression of the way Grand Design does business and how invested the employees are in the company’s success.

“We didn’t do anything special for the judging panel, it was just a regular day at Grand Design,” Clark says. “They saw smiles on people’s faces and the fast, efficient pace at which they worked. They [were given] a huge impression from our employees of what we do with ‘our’ product and how this is ‘our’ product. Everything they heard was ‘we.’ You can’t fake that.”

“We’ve created a culture that is very team-oriented. It’s a special type of deal. I’ve been in this business for 30 years and never really experienced the kind of culture that we have. Ron and Bill Fenech, my two partners, have just been an incredible influence in creating the culture of our company.”

“We had a vision when we started this company. When we went out and interviewed key employees, we told them what we were trying to create, which was a company that made our people feel they have ownership and a say in the direction of the company. We didn’t’ set out to create the biggest company, but to be the best. A lot of people say that, but for us it’s not just words. We wanted to build a different kind of company. This award is recognition of all our employees for building a quality product and doing things differently in our marketplace."

Photo 1: President, CEO and Co-owner of Grand Design RV, Don Clark, holds the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award given to the company by Ernst & Young. Photo by Cean Burgeson.

Photo 2: An employee rally was held on July 12 in Building 3 of Grand Design’s production facility in Middlebury, Indiana so Don Clark could recognize employees for their part in earning the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Each of the 826 employees was given a shirt with all of their names on the back in recognition of the award. Photo Courtesy Grand Design.

Photo 3: Each of the 826 employees of Grand Design were given a T-shirt with all of their names on the back in recognition of the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Photo Courtesy Grand Design.