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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 .

Spartan Motors Makes $1 Million Donation to Community

Thu Dec 22, 2016

148242676482901.jpgCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Leading Michigan manufacturer Spartan Motors, Inc. has presented Charlotte, Michigan-based AL!VE with a $75,000 donation in support of its ongoing programs that promote community health and wellness.

The donation, presented to AL!VE earlier today by Spartan Motors President and Chief Executive Officer Daryl Adams, represents the seventh of 10 installments of a larger $1 million donation originally pledged in 2009 on behalf of The Spartan Motors Foundation. The Foundation represents the charitable arm of Spartan, developed to positively impact the tri-county area surrounding its Charlotte, Michigan headquarters where the majority of its employees reside.

"Spartan Motors was a lead donor to AL!VE in a time when the economy was uncertain and Charlotte in particular was struggling," Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital President and CEO Matt Rush says. "Having the area's largest employer step up with a major commitment to better health and wellness for employees and area residents tells you that Spartan Motors is a dedicated, forward-thinking organization that understands the importance of community health and vitality."

In honor of Spartan's commitment, AL!VE plans to place a sign at the health park recognizing the donation, as well as placing recognition and photos on the "Generosity Window" in HGB's lobby. HGB will further celebrate the gift by hallmarking a large, well-trafficked community meeting space at AL!VE called "GATHER" with the phrase: "Brought AL!VE by Spartan Motors."

Additionally, Spartan has announced a $30,000 commitment over the next three years in support of CharlotteRising, the regional offshoot of Gov. Rick Snyder's larger statewide "Rising Tide" initiative created to advance economic prosperity in 10 communities across Michigan. The Rising Tide program is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

"We are fortunate to live and work in a community that supports us in so many ways," Adams says. "The health and well-being of our workforce and the community in which they live is essential, and we look at AL!VE and CharlotteRising as benchmarks of excellence in terms of the contributions they offer to the region. We are honored to play a small role in their success, and we have great belief in their ability to make a substantial, positive impact on Charlotte and beyond."

The donation to AL!VE makes Spartan the organization's lead donor, and the CharlotteRising donation is at its top "Impact" level of sponsorship.

"The support of Spartan Motors is essential to our ability to carry out our vision for this community," HGB Board of Trustees Chair Fred Darin says. "AL!VE provides a destination facility and programming that extends our mission of improving the health and vitality of the people living in Charlotte and Eaton County. The generous donation from the Spartan Motors foundation will help us continue to deliver those benefits to our community."