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 .
Wed Aug 10, 2016
Calgary, Alberta - Every collision repair industry executive wants to make their business stand out. One way to do this is to find and exploit a niche sector in the wider industry. Doing so allows a business to create a unique model. Few in today’s collision repair industry have found as unique a market as Western Paint and Body Works has. The one-time heavy truck collision repair facility is one of the few shops in Alberta to focus exclusively on the RV market.
If you thought keeping an auto-based collision repair center on track and out of the ditch was a challenge, you've never had the humbling experience of putting a 45-foot home on wheels back together. For those with exceptional skills, the RV sector just might be the ultimate test.
Just ask the General Manager of Western, Steve Ray. In a recent interview, he took the time to explain how exactly the company came up with the idea of moving into the RV collision repair space. The decision came after several years of dabbling in other sectors, including heavy truck repair and heavy equipment repair.