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 .

KING Donates to Local Robotics Program

Fri Sep 23, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota - KING has made a donation to the robotics program at a community and technical college in Northwestern Minnesota.

Earlier this month, KING donated several pallets of parts used for past products, prototyping and product development to the Robotics Program at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

Pauline Jennings, head of KING’s purchasing department, inspired her team to come up with a way to increase storage space in the Bloomington facility, while recycling obsolete parts for re-use by the robotics team at Northland College.

“We did a review of obsolete parts, sorted through them, saved some for our service department, and the balance of the parts were donated to the school,” Director of Purchasing Randy Nelson says.

The donation includes electronic, mechanical and hardware parts.

Most of the parts were specifically designed and made for KING; you won’t find them at your typical electronics or hardware store. KING hopes that the robotics team is inspired to incorporate these components into their own unique and innovative designs.

The robotics team at Northland Community and Technical College hosts an annual VEX Robotics competition, at which, regional high schools compete to win a trip to the national championship in Anaheim, California. Visit www.northlandcollege.edu for more information.

This donation is the latest example of KING’s commitment to supporting others. Earlier this year, KING partnered with Camping World and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to give four families each a Jayco fifth-wheel RV and a KING Tailgater Satellite antenna, according to a press release. In 2015, a Texas RV dealer reached out to KING to help make a year-long road trip across America possible for a Texas family with two boys with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. KING donated a KING-Dome in-motion satellite so the brothers could watch their favorite programs during the trip.