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 .

Spartan Motors Announces Utilimaster Award from USPS

Fri Sep 23, 2016

145512840627028.pngCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Spartan Motors, Inc. has announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services business unit — which encompasses the Utilimaster go-to-market brand - received an award from the United States Postal Service to build fully functional prototypes for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program. The NGDV Program is a part of the Postal Service's test and evaluation process undertaken as part of its plans to replace its aging delivery fleet.

Utilimaster was one of six vehicle manufacturers selected to receive the prototype award as part of a comprehensive USPS Request for Proposal process. Utilimaster has previously supplied the USPS with mail route delivery vehicles and is recognized as a leader in fleet vehicle design and production.

"We are pleased to be among a select group of vehicle makers to win the USPS prototype award, further validating our focus on and investments in engineering, forward-looking technology and world-class manufacturing," Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "We are approaching this opportunity with the goal of providing the USPS with both improved performance, operating efficiency and improved cost effectiveness. We expect our NGDV protoypes will incorporate new technologies to better accommodate a diverse mail and package mix, enhance safety, improve service and reduce emissions. With our proprietary R&D process and manufacturing know-how, our vehicles and upfits will be customized to align with the USPS' universal service mandate to deliver the mail almost every day to every address."

The USPS awarded $3.6 million to Spartan for the working prototypes, which are to be delivered no later than Sept. 16, 2017, one year from the prototype award. The USPS has indicated it will test prototypes for a six-month period. Production requirements and future vehicle replacement award(s) will be determined by the Postal Service after NGDV Prototype testing.