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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 .

Lippert Components Canada Wins Workplace Safety Award

Tue Dec 20, 2016

148225363192617.jpgElkhart, Indiana - Lippert Components Canada, Inc., the Quebec-based subsidiary of Lippert Components, Inc., was recently named the 2016 regional winner of CNESST’s Workplace Safety Innovation award. Under the category of large corporation in the Yamaska region of Canada, Lippert Components Canada was recognized for its development and implementation of innovative safety protocols for the management of raw materials such as large panes of glass.

As a facility that primarily manufactures windows for school buses and recreational vehicles, LCI’s Canadian facility, also known as Plant 73, regularly handles and processes large sheets of glass. After identifying the need to modify the glass dropping process, which involved placing racks of glass sheet into place with a forklift and then dropping the individual sheets of glass onto a CNC cutting table by hand, Plant 73 reorganized and reengineered the process to drastically decrease the risk associated with manually dropping the glass. Employee exposure to forklift traffic was greatly reduced by eliminating the use of a forklift and replacing it with a bridge crane utilizing a tong style lifting mechanism to safely move the racks of large glass sheets. To reduce the potential of glass breakage and shard projections, an automated pneumatic system was engineered, developed and implemented. In addition, the team built and installed guarding around the glass dropping process to protect employees from the glass shard projections in the rare event of a pane breakage.

Akin to the United States’ Occupational Health and Safety Administration, CNESST, an acronym for Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, is the Canadian organization responsible for regulating and promoting the rights and obligations of the workplace within the province of Quebec.

“We are very excited to have earned this award," LCI Plant 73 General Manager Malcom Lapointe says. "Workplace safety and the well-being of our employees is always a top-of-mind priority. To have our process improvements recognized by CNESST is an honor, and we are very proud of this achievement.”

To watch a short video about the Safety Innovation Award, click on the link below, which will take you to the RV News Video Library.

Additional Information: http://www.rvnews.com/pages/video_library