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 .

Navistar Launches Core Advantage Program

Wed Oct 19, 2016

146548760912133.jpgLISLE, Illinois – Navistar has announced the launch of the Core Advantage Program, a creative new approach for core life cycle management. The Core Advantage Program helps fleet owners reduce their overall costs by helping them to manage their core and re-manufacturing activity through new tools like the Navistar proprietary software Core Management System (CMS). Cores are used or failed parts that have been returned by the customer at the end of its product life.

“Core is a key part of the business and the Core Advantage Program demonstrates our commitment to provide the best tools in the industry for our fleet customers and help them reduce their operating costs,” Vice President of Parts Product Management Joel Larsen says. “The program will increase our product and service offerings, including Navistar’s private label brand Fleetrite parts and our OnCommand suite of value-added services. A good ‘core return’ program is key to a successful ‘reman’ program.”

Cores are employed to re-manufacture a returned part and restore it to “like new” condition. Re-manufactured parts carry the same features and functionality as new parts and come with the same warranty.

“Re-manufacturing is great for the environment and great for business,” General Manager of Core and Re-manufacturing Chintan Sopariwala says. “Re-manufactured parts offer a low cost alternative to new parts without sacrificing on product quality or warranty. Last year alone, Navistar recycled over 70 million pounds of used truck components and we have even more aggressive plans to increase this number.”

With the new Core Advantage Program, fleets can now have their own account number and location codes within CMS, which streamlines their ability to see and run reports on purchases, return history, core eligibility and core fallout rates across multiple locations. Fleet owners will be able to promptly find answers to questions like: Which locations have the most fall-out? Are you buying the correct part? Which core eligibility will expire soon?

“The new program from Navistar has worked well for us," Estes Parts Manager Jim Cliborne says, who was part of the pilot program. "It’s been instrumental in increasing recovery on end-of-life trucks and reducing our maintenance costs.”

“The Core Advantage Program was built and designed by Eddie Wessler and his team, who run Navistar’s core operations and have over 100 years of combined experience in re-manufacturing and core," Sopariwala says. "The whole idea is to reduce the burden of managing cores for our customers and the Core Advantage Program does just that.”

Under this new program, Navistar also will work with fleets and end customers to help manage end of life, wrecked trucks, buses and surplus components. To learn more about this program, fleets can contact Navistar Core Operations at 800-758-3771 or email corecustomerservice@navistar.com.