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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 .

SylvanSport Expecting Another Record Year

Thu Sep 8, 2016

Brevard, North Carolina – After a record year so far in 2016, SylvanSport is expecting another exciting year in 2017, according to a press release.

SylvanSport’s growth can be largely attributed to the tremendous success of its growing RV dealer network, both domestically and internationally. In order to meet increasing demand and continue to create new, innovative products, SylvanSport will be expanding from their current 17,000 square foot facility to an all-new 50,000 square foot building, just a few miles down the road.

The expansion project has been a year in the making, working with the Transylvania Economic Alliance, Transylvania County, City of Brevard and various organizations and boards to obtain a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation and secure the use of a vacant land parcel, owned by the City of Brevard. With company history and community connections in Transylvania County and the City of Brevard, the goal for SylvanSport was to keep light manufacturing, jobs and taxes at home.

“An enormous amount of work has gone into this project from different organizations,” Transylvania Economic Alliance Chairman Mark Tooley says. “We are especially thankful to the leadership at SylvanSport for their passion and desire to grow, in Transylvania County.”

At SylvanSport’s current location, production levels are able to satisfy current demand, but as its reach expands, especially into international markets, the need for more space is inevitable. The Golden Leaf Foundation grant and support of the various local agencies is helping to keep SylvanSport growing in Transylvania County.

“Our entire team at SylvanSport is grateful for the community leadership in Transylvania County," SylvanSport Founder and President Tom Dempsey says. "Strong global demand for SylvanSport products has driven our rapid growth. This project will help to ensure our bright future in the North Carolina economy."