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 .

Elkhart Ivy Tech Offering Welding Courses to Help RV Industry Recruit

Thu Dec 8, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana - Welding has become a high-demand skill in Elkhart County and a new educational program aims to help generate a supply of workers to meet the need.

Ivy Tech Community College will offer introductory MIG welding, advanced MIG welding and introduction to welding classes during the college's spring semester beginning Jan. 17, according to a press release. The classes at Ivy Tech's 22531 C.R. 18 campus will offer structural level instruction and help students become certified in the MIG welding process.

The initial classes, open to anyone, will have room for 10 students and some have already begun to apply. Financial aid is available, as well as a scholarship through the Mittler Family Foundation.

The program would have an immediate impact on students and become attractive to local factories and recreational vehicle plants.

Additional Information: http://www.wthr.com/article/new-ivy-tech-welding-program-filling-need-for-businesses