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 .

Hellwig Hires Veteran as R&D Engineer

Tue Sep 13, 2016

147378707830168.jpgVisalia, California - Hellwig Suspension Products has announced that veteran mechanical engineer Andrew Nosé has joined the staff as its new R&D Engineer.

Keeping up with the demand for the constant research and development needed for its ever-expanding product catalog called for another experienced enthusiast to aid Director of Engineering Ben Knaus, according to a press release. Now, with the addition of Nosé as its new Research and Development Engineer, Hellwig has the talent needed to continue expanding its product line and grow into new markets.

“We are excited to have Andrew Nosé join the Hellwig Suspension Products family,” Hellwig Vice President Melanie White says. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the engineering, process control and project management fields as well as strong passion for the automotive industry. Andrew will work to develop and tune performance sway bar kits, air spring kits and leaf helper spring kits as well as work directly with our OE and private label customers to assess their needs and to deliver solutions.”

Nosé’s background in engineering began at Santa Clara University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, Nosé went to work at a ductile iron pipe foundry where he managed capital projects for new business, expansion, cost reduction, replacement and environmental projects. Additionally, he designed and implemented new machinery and conducted Kaizen events and standardized the manufacturing process to improve the process capability and reduce waste in the operation. The next stop in Nosé’s career path led him to the Exploratorium in San Francisco where he designed, fabricated and assembled interactive exhibits for the hands-on learning museum. When he isn’t working he enjoys wrenching on his 1972 BMW 2002 and a 1971 Honda CB500.