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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 .

SMI Manufacturing Will Be Featured on Motorhead Garage

Thu Oct 27, 2016

Newburgh, Indiana – SMI Manufacturing, Inc. will be featured prominently on an upcoming episode of Velocity TV’s “Motorhead Garage” cable show. Kyle Schuck, VP of Customer Service for SMI, was taped installing an Air Force One auxiliary braking system in a brand New Forest River motorhome, with a Hummer (H2) for a dinghy.

“It was an amazing experience” Schuck says. "The RV owner, Richard Tucker from Johnson City, Tennessee, was so grateful to observe the process and is really relieved that his big investment is now protected.”

The Motorhead Garage show featuring installation of SMI’s Air Force One auxiliary braking system will air for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m. EST; and is the last 5-minute segment in that episode.

“This is our first network cable TV appearance as a company,” SMI CEO Brent Schuck says. "So we decided to be aggressive and create the first ever SMI :30 TV spot which will air during the show on the 30th too.”

Motorhead Garage is hosted by John Gardner and Brian Lohns (the voice of NHRA), and the show was launched by Velocity TV in 2010. It has grown steadily and has a loyal audience of DIY’ers. Velocity TV reaches more than 66 million households in the U.S, and is owned by Discovery Communications.

In addition to the premiere on Velocity TV Oct. 30, the Motorhead Garage episode featuring the SMI brake system installation also will appear on the following cable TV networks eight more times.

MAV-TV -- Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. (EST)
MAV-TV – Dec. 5 at 2 a.m. (EST)
REV’N – Jan. 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. (EST)
REV’N – Jan. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (EST)
REV’N – Jan. 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (EST)
REV’N – Jan. 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (EST)