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 .

Co-Founder and Owner of Mann's Inc. Dies at 89

Fri Jan 6, 2017

148371773140107.jpgHoward H. Mann, the co-founder and owner of Mann's Inc., a retail sales and service business for recreational vehicles in Rutland, Massachusetts, passed away at his home on Jan. 2. He was 89.

Mann was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Henry and Karen (Kallstrom) Mann. As a boy, he helped in his family's Swedish bakery in Quinsigamond Village on Greenwood Street in Worcester (now Helen's Bakery) and graduated from North High School. His family later moved to Millbury where he worked on their family dairy farm alongside his father and brother, Ronald, according to an obituary on Legacy.com.

In 1951, Howard and his family moved to their farm in Rutland, Alta Vista Farm, where he raised his own family and became known as a bison farmer. From the mid-1960s until 1989, Howard and his wife owned and operated Mann's Inc., while at the same time operating his family farm. He was a member of the Rufus Putnam Masonic Lodge since 1965 and had been an active member in the National Bison Association.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy (Cunningham) Mann; his daughters, Sally Mann of Temple, New Hampshire and Susan Mann of Hancock, New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Sara Mann of New Orleans, Karl Mann of Rutland and Aria Frehner of Hancock; several step-grandchildren; nephews and nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald (2009) and son, Steven H. Mann (Feb. 2016).

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Mann's family from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street in Holden, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at the First Congregational Church of Rutland, 258 Main Street. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rutland Fire Department, 240 Main Street in Rutland.