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 and Forest River Foundation to Help Families in Financial Need

Wed Jul 27, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana — The recreational vehicle industry’s two largest manufacturers are fierce competitors, but they’re also partners that help employees get through financial hardships.

Since the Forest River/Thor Industries Community Foundation was launched in late 2014, it has aided numerous employees and their families during times of unforeseen financial need by offering grants up to $20,000.

Employees of the Elkhart-based companies, which each have several subsidiaries in the Michiana region and other parts of the country, can receive grants for a variety of hardships. Examples include a serious illness, car accident, home theft, house fire or death in the family. Employees and their immediate family members can qualify for aid.

Additional Information: http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/competitors-team-up-for-employees-in-need/article_b8e550c9-d37a-53a1-aa79-216bd9472097.html