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 .

Mercedes Van Plant Opens in South Carolina

Thu Dec 15, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Daimler's commercial van factory in South Carolina will soon go from needing almost nothing from North American suppliers to needing an entire supply chain of local parts.

Daimler is investing $500 million to transform basically a kit factory into a bona fide vehicle assembly operation that will pull together body panels, axles, windshields, seats, electronics and the rest.

Until now, the North Charleston plant has been what U.S. labor leaders and foreign trade critics used to dismissively refer to as a "screwdriver factory" - with no opportunity for U.S. parts or technology. Large cartons of disassembled Sprinter and Metris vans were brought in and were reassembled using parts made mostly in Germany.

That will soon change.

Additional Information: http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161209/COPY/312099998/mercedes-u-s-van-plant-opens-door-to-suppliers