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/MH Hall of Fame Registration Deadline Extended

Thu Jul 21, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana - With only a few days left before the 2016 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, honoring the Class of 2016, Darryl Searer, president and CEO of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, is encouraging friends and colleagues of this year's inductees, to make their reservations now to be part of the festivities.

Searer had earlier suggested dinner reservations should be made no later than July 21, but he says the Foundation would be remiss to turn someone away who would like to participate in the evening's celebration because they missed the deadline. Searer has extended the deadline through Thursday, July 28.

"This is not only a time to honor those industry pioneers and leaders being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, but it is also an opportunity to network with today's industry movers and shakers as well as old friends and colleagues in a casual relaxed atmosphere," Searer says.

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation will formally recognize the distinguished careers and lifetime achievements of the industries' most notable individuals at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, August 1 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart.

This year's class includes five outstanding members of the RV industry and another five from the manufactured housing industry.

The RV industry inductees include Gary Bunzer, Bunzer Consulting, Inc.; Ernie F. Friesen, All Seasons RV/Redding RV; Jay C. Hesse (deceased), Blue Ox; Thomas R. "Tim" McGuire, The Coast Distribution System, Inc.; and William (Bill) Overhulser, Del Rey Industries.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Joseph H. Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, Inc.; Robert (Bob) Edward Richardson, Richardson Homes Corp; James (Jim) Miller, Nationwide Custom Homes; Ross Kinzler, Wisconsin Housing Alliance; and Roland Sahm (deceased), Elixir Industries.

"Everyone is welcome so we hope to see a large turnout for these honorees," Searer says. "Make a day of it by also signing up for our Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser at Bent Oak Golf Club. A full breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. followed by the golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. The format is a scramble with a shotgun start. A luncheon and awards ceremony follows the completion of the round of golf. Pick your teams and enjoy this event that helps support our Hall of Fame."

At the induction ceremony, Searer promises to unveil some exciting new plans for the Hall of Fame facilities looking into the future.

To make reservations for the induction dinner and/or the golf outing, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org or by calling 574-293-2344.