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 .

Horizon Gains Rights to Spectrum Brands Products

Wed Oct 26, 2016

TROY, Michigan - Horizon Global Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Spectrum Brands, Inc. providing Horizon, including its Cequent and TriMotive divisions, the exclusive right to utilize SmartKey security from the Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands in a wide range of automotive applications.

“For years, people have trusted Kwikset to help secure their homes,” Trimotive Americas Vice President and General Manager Mike Sislo says, according to a press release. “This agreement allows us to extend those security features to Horizon’s premium branded vehicle accessories.”

SmartKey security allows homeowners the flexibility to re-key all of their Kwikset SmartKey locks for one-key convenience. With the agreement between Horizon and Spectrum Brands, this technology will be installed on hitches, fifth wheels, ball mounts, bike racks, cargo management products and more, and will be utilized on products in the OE, aftermarket and retail spaces.

This use of the innovative technology will allow users the flexibility to use one key to secure both their homes and automotive accessories. SmartKey products also pass the most stringent lock-picking standards and utilize BumpGuard to prevent lock bumping, providing additional security to your home and automotive accessories.

“The quality and performance of the SmartKey technology makes Kwikset the perfect brand to pair with the Horizon family of brands and products,” said Francis Bernart, divisional marketing, product management and engineering officer of Cequent. “Including this technology with known and trusted brands like Reese, Draw-Tite, BULLDOG and ROLA provides an extra layer of security to our customers, allowing them to know their premium towing product is locked safely in place when they’re not around.”

“We have a long history of delivering innovative branded products to our global customers,” Horizon Global President and CEO Mark Zeffiro says. “Our mission is to engage our employees to develop technologically advanced products for our users while creating shareholder value. We are excited to partner with Kwikset to bring the SmartKey technology to our users.”

Products including the SmartKey technology will be on display at the 2016 SEMA show, Booth #30087, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The show runs from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4.