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 Chris West as Vice President of Operations

Fri Sep 16, 2016

147404196089061.jpgForest City, Iowa – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced the appointment of Chris West to the position of Vice President of Operations, effective Sept. 26. West will report directly to President and CEO Michael Happe and have responsibility for the entire Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Quality value streams across the Winnebago-branded enterprise, which includes support to both the motorhome and towable businesses.

West previously was Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Joy Global, a worldwide mining equipment manufacturer. Prior to that position he was Vice President of Manufacturing at Joy Global. Other positions West has held include Director of Manufacturing for AGCO Corporation, an agricultural equipment manufacturer and Director of Operations for the Nordam Group, a manufacturer of aircraft interiors.

“Chris brings a tremendous set of Operations leadership and change management skills with him to Winnebago, including a multitude of Lean manufacturing and supply chain transformation experiences,” Happe says. “Winnebago’s product portfolio, manufacturing footprint and supply chain complexity have all increased significantly in recent years with our entrance into the Towables segment, our growth in Class B vans, strategic sourcing initiative and the expansion of manufacturing and service to Junction City, Oregon. As we move forward with these initiatives, Chris’ experience will be invaluable as we look to drive even higher levels of manufacturing output, operating efficiency, product quality and employee-led innovation.”

West has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management from Northeastern State University in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, and a Masters of Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.