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 16, 2016
HIGH POINT, North Carolina - Lippert Components hired a rising junior at High Point University as an intern for the summer.
As a management trainee intern, Beau Sirpilla rotated through three key business units – sales and marketing, manufacturing and operations – for the leading components manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
“The executive team at Lippert made me feel so welcome and created an environment that I could truly learn and understand the value that they bring to the industry,” Sirpilla says. “They really stick behind their core values, which you see posted at all plants and on T-shirts.”
He was given the opportunity to provide feedback, share new ideas and be part of the sales process. Being able to see the business from so many perspectives was an incredible experience for the Canton, Ohio native, who is majoring in entrepreneurship at HPU.
“I see innovation in the RV industry that will take it to new heights,” Sirpilla says. “It’s a space with a customer base that continues to get younger while still catering to the aging baby boomer who has been the traditional RVer. Seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the industry can allow you to find a gap in the space that opens the door for creativity and meeting customer demand. As the consumer continues to get younger in the RV lifestyle, the more creative the industry will have to become, with everyone expecting the latest gadget to be available on their coaches.”
Sirpilla also got to know and learn from some of the company’s customers when he attended the Redwood Rally in Shipshewana, Indiana, with the aftermarket sales team.
“At rallies, you get to interact with customers and see the public image of the company and the products we provide,” he says. “Along with that, it is constant movement and you’re always on the go. Growing up in the industry and being a third generation to my dad, John A., and grandfather, John B. Sirpilla, I have seen the tremendous changes in the RV industry that have given the consumer so many more ways to enjoy the lifestyle and remain committed to RVing. The opportunity to continue this growth and innovation is truly exciting.”
HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development helped Sirpilla prepare for his entry into the corporate world by helping him with his LinkedIn profile and resume. His student success coach, Akir Khan, also checked on his internship search frequently and was available for guidance when needed.
“HPU helped me succeed in this internship by providing continuous opportunities to have conversations with business professionals so I could become comfortable and accustomed to interacting with them,” Sirpilla says. “Thanks to HPU, I’ve never gone into an interview being nervous, and I’ve never had a pause in my conversation, because they teach you how to keep interviews engaging and productive.”