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 .
Wed Sep 28, 2016
GOSHEN, Indiana — A state-funded welder training program is starting to bear fruit for Lippert Components and Elkhart County’s growing recreational vehicle industry, which is needy for skilled workers.
The first class of students graduated earlier this month from the 12-week paid training program at Lippert Components’ Plant 19 in Goshen, and all five of them were hired by Lippert. More classes will follow, providing trained welders for the supplier of RV parts to scoop up. Lippert needs more welders to keep up with the demand for RV frames.
The 18-month program, launched earlier this year, is mostly funded by an $883,400 grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana program. To be eligible for the grant, a $364,000 private investment was made by Lippert and other companies in the RV industry.