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 .

Winnebago Hires Brian Hazelton as VP and GM

Thu Aug 11, 2016

FOREST CITY, Iowa - Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced the appointment of Brian Hazelton to the position of vice president and general manager of the motorhome business, effective Aug. 29.

This Executive Officer position will report directly to Michael Happe, President and CEO. Hazelton will have responsibility for leading Winnebago's core motorized recreational vehicle division, which includes a full line of well-known gas and diesel products sold predominantly in North America.

Hazelton previously was Chief Executive Officer of Schwing America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty concrete-related construction equipment. Prior to his time with Schwing, Hazelton worked for Terex Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation in various vice president roles, many of which were customer-facing areas such as sales, marketing, service and dealer development.

"We are excited to welcome Brian to the Winnebago Industries team," Happe says. "Brian is a talented, customer-centric leader with a strong record of delivering results, both financially and within the markets he has served. "We believe his skill set, including the last seven years as a CEO spent transforming an organization, plus the RV industry experience of the team he inherits will make for a productive combination benefiting our channel partners and end customers."

Hazelton is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with an undergraduate degree in Business/Finance.