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 .

Patrick Industries Acquires BHE Electronics

Mon Aug 1, 2016

145677893217453.pngELKHART, Indiana - Patrick Industries, Inc. has announced it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of BH Electronics, Inc., headquartered in Munford, Tennessee. BHE is a major designer, engineer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed dash panel assemblies, center consoles and trim panels, complete electrical systems, including wiring harnesses, AC panels, circuit breakers and battery boxes, and related components and parts.

BHE operates out of five facilities strategically located throughout the Southeast that service many of the leading recreational boat manufacturers in the U.S. The company projects BHE's 2016 revenues to be approximately $35 million. The total cash consideration paid for BHE was approximately $35 million, and the company expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to 2016 net income per share.

"BHE has an industry leading reputation for providing innovative, superior quality products and service to many of the leading marine industry OEMs in the U.S.," Patrick Industries CEO Todd Cleveland says. "This acquisition represents a significant growth opportunity to leverage the presence of BHE and Patrick's business units currently serving the marine industry by entering complementary markets where our combined expertise, quality products and service are highly compatible."

"BHE's vast product engineering and technical expertise provides us with the opportunity to enter into new product lines that are used extensively in the marine industry with complementary applications in the RV space," Patrick Industries President Andy Nemeth says. "Additionally, the combination of Patrick's marine fiberglass product lines and BHE's electronic dash panels and wiring harnesses will allow us to provide a fully integrated, plug and play solution on a 'just in time' basis to the marine industry, in both the Midwest and the Southeast, allowing them to maximize internal efficiencies and production capabilities. It will also allow us to capitalize on new growth and product synergies in other markets, which will ultimately provide greater value to our existing customer base.

"We are looking forward to working with the BHE management team, who will continue to run the business and look to maximize synergy opportunities between the two organizations through an effective transition plan while continuing the momentum we have in the marketplace. Consistent with previous acquisitions, we will support BHE with a financial and operational foundation that will allow it to capitalize on its core competencies while preserving the entrepreneurial spirit that has been so important to its success."

The acquisition of BHE included the acquisition of accounts receivable, inventory, prepaid expenses and machinery and equipment, and was funded under the company's credit facility. Patrick will continue to operate the business on a stand-alone basis under the BHE brand name in its five existing facilities located in Tennessee and Georgia.

"After more than 25 years in business, our exceptional team is excited and energized to join the Patrick organization whose core values, competencies, relationships and strong focus on customer service mirror those we have worked hard to build and maintain," BHE President Glen Brown says. "We are planning to continue to drive the business model to increase our market share in the marine industry by partnering with Patrick's business units currently serving marine customers and aggressively expanding our presence in the Midwest to serve both the marine and RV OEMs located in that region. I am confident that BHE has aligned with the right business partner to grow the BHE brand and further embed the philosophies that have allowed us to be successful. Patrick is a natural fit for our operation as we are poised for growth. The additional manufacturing and distribution expertise and resources that Patrick brings can help drive BHE and its team members to the next level."

"We are honored that Glen and his team have partnered with Patrick and we look forward to carrying on the tradition and reputation that he and the team at BHE have built during their 25-plus year history," Cleveland says. "The strength of the management team, customer relationships, vertical integration opportunities and complement of growth and synergy opportunities are clearly aligned with our strategic growth plans as we continue to add innovative, value-added products to our stable, increasing our value proposition to our customers."