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 .

RV Sales Veteran with Forest River and Thor Passes Away at 62

Fri Jan 6, 2017

148371774178889.jpgAn RV industry sales veteran from Goshen, Indiana passed away Dec. 23 at the age of 62.

Bill Murray is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Murray, daughter Meghan (fiance Brian Lantz) Murray; son, Anthony Murray; mother, Betty Murray; siblings, Karyn (Tom) Fish, Terri Murray, Larry (Sherri) Murray, Patti (Mike) Donovan, Jim Murray and Lorene (Tim) Kruchowski; uncles Thomas (Lucille) Murray and Bob (Delores) Ellingsen, mother-in-law, Dolores Garastik; sisters-in-law Pam (Jeff) Govert and Janet (Floyd) Gacsy; brother-in-law Chris (Margaret) Garastik; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Murray was preceded in death by his father Lawrence "Bill" Murray, uncle Patrick Murray; niece Emily Garastik; nephew Ricky Tomasino and brother-in-law Herb Morris.

Murray grew up in Griffith, Indiana and attended St. Mary's Catholic School. He was a 1972 graduate of Griffith High School.

After working nearly 30 years with the 7-Up Bottling Company, he went into the RV sales industry for the last 12 years, where he made lasting friendships across the country, according to an obituary on Legacy.com. He most recently worked for Forest River Inc.'s diesel division over the midwest territory. Before that, he worked as a sales representative for Thor Motor Coach.

According to the obituary, Murray was an avid sports enthusiast, a big Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed traveling across the country.

He was buried Thursday, Dec. 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Griffith with Rev. Theodore Mens officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hamilton County Professional Firefighters Foundation at 399 S. 14th Street in Noblesville, Indiana.