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 .

Blue Ox Hires New Vice President of Operations

Mon Sep 26, 2016

147490732225650.jpgPENDER, Nebraska - Jeff Carlson has joined Blue Ox as vice president of operations, overseeing manufacturing processes, planning and scheduling and product quality.

"Jeff comes to us with a significant and impressive background in the manufacturing industry -- having spent 13 years with one of the preeminent companies in the area," Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann says.

Over those 13 years, Carlson has held several leadership roles and has developed his interest in streamlining and improving processes. He is particularly involved in working with plant managers, planning managers and schedulers to improve existing and develop new manufacturing processes designed to increase efficiency and to continue Blue Ox's mission to provide the highest level of quality, service and value to customers.

"Jeff and his team strive to exceed expectations," Kietzmann says. "This dedication, in concert with Blue Ox's strong investments in our operations over the years will continue to support industry growth. Jeff's proven record of facilitating long term business relationships coupled with his strong winning attitude are assets that will complement and enhance Blue Ox's ability to meet the needs of customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products to the marketplace"

Carlson says he is excited about the opportunity to start with Blue Ox.

"I really enjoy working with the Blue Ox team," Carlson says. "They are a great bunch of people, passionate about the RV industry. There is a lot of opportunity for us in this industry, and I am excited to be part of helping our team to maximize that potential."