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 .

Flexsteel Announces Retirement of Old Manufacturing Facility

Thu Sep 22, 2016

145469176766681.pngDUBUQUE, Iowa - Flexsteel Industries, Inc. has announced that it intends to exit its manufacturing facility located on Jackson Street in Dubuque, Iowa. The facility dates back to 1897 and has become inefficient for manufacturing and costly to maintain.

Directly linked with this decision, the company recently announced plans to invest up to $25 million in North American manufacturing infrastructure during the next two fiscal years to address aging facilities and improve efficiency.

Flexsteel employs a total of 250 associates at the manufacturing facility, with 185 of those associates represented by the United Steelworkers (Local 1861), Teamsters (Local 120) and Operating Engineers (Local 234).

“We have identified several viable locations for manufacturing," Flexsteel President and CEO Karel Czanderna says. "With our corporate history and long-term commitment to the Dubuque community, the Company desires to remain in the Dubuque area. However, before finalizing a decision regarding location, we must ensure we can operate in a new facility while remaining competitive in the market.”

With a targeted exit date of December 2017, the company has initiated discussions with the unions regarding closing the manufacturing facility and the prospect of entering into new agreements that would apply to a new facility should Dubuque be selected. In addition, the company will continue to work with the appropriate government and community agencies in potential locations to determine the final location of its manufacturing operation, according to a press release.