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 .

JR Products Hires Two New Sales Employees

Mon Sep 12, 2016

147370035219127.gifJR Products has hired two new employees to its sales team.

Industry veteran Sharon Thrift and former NFL wide receiver Raymond Ethridge were hired to contribute to the company's sales team.

“The No. 1 goal of JR Products is to provide an exceptional level of service to all our customers," JR Products Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Roba says. "In order to further advance that initiative, we have hired two additional sales people, Raymond Ethridge and Sharon Thrift. Although they both come from entirely different career backgrounds, they fit our company mold of being customer-focused and team-oriented. They will have an immediate positive impact on our company, our customers and our industry. We are very excited to have them in our JR Products family.”

Thrift has 28 years of RV industry experience, most recently working for Lightning RV Supply as a territory manager. She is from Shelby, North Carolina, is married with three children and three grandchildren.

"I have had the opportunity to work on both the dealership side and the distribution side of the RV industry," she says. "I am continually striving to achieve the best for my customer and company. My true passion is customer service, helping customers manage inventory to grow their business."

Ethridge played five years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and his hometown San Diego Chargers. He also played for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. After retiring, he turned his attention to business.

"After retiring from pro football, I owned a successful mortgage business and then decided to return to my first love, sports," he says. "I helped connect players and organizations in mutually beneficial partnerships. I wanted athletes to see that there is a chance for accomplishment and success once the playing days are over. My connections and network can really make a difference."