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 .
Thu Jul 14, 2016
MIDDLEBURY, Indiana — The Bontrager family, who recently sold Jayco Inc. for $576 million to Thor Industries, has established a foundation to share their wealth in the community.
The Bontrager Family Foundation was established as part of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. The foundation will continue the family's charitable legacy that was started by Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager, who founded Middlebury-based Jayco in 1968, according to Wilbur Bontrager, chairman of Jayco's board.
Pete McCown, president of the Community Foundation, says in a statement that the Bontrager family has supported the organization for many years. The establishment of a family foundation has ensured the relationship will continue.