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 .
Tue Aug 2, 2016
Fairfax, Virginia – An employee at American RV Sales and Service has been chosen to receive the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2016-17. Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to a deserving RV company employee or their dependent enrolled in undergraduate studies.
Joshua Dewaal began part time employment at American RV during the school year and works full time in the summer. Dewaal has been recognized as an Employee of the Month at the Grand Rapids, Michigan dealership. He is soon to enter his sophomore year at Davenport University where he is studying network security and maintains a 3.96 GPA.
“Josh has been an integral part of our team since day one,” American RV General Manager Chad Neff says. “He steps up to any task that he is given and then some. His initiative and drive to do the best job he can should be an inspiration to other college students like him. We hope to keep Josh around while he finishes his degree and to support him in the next four years.”
The RV Learning Center Scholarship Program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants are judged on current RV industry involvement or plan for employment in the industry upon graduation, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and honors, financial need and a 500-word essay on their goals and objectives for college. The program has awarded $65,000 to 26 students since its inception in 2000.
The Kindlund family, which endowed the scholarship program with $270,000, remains active in the RV industry even after selling its corporation, Holiday RV Superstores, in 1999. Newt Kindlund serves on the RV Learning Center Board of Directors.
The RV Learning Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions may be tax-deductible as charitable donations. Visit www.rvlearningcenter.com for more information.