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 .

Forest River's Michigan Expansion Yet to Deliver on Jobs Promise

Fri Jan 27, 2017

WHITE PIGEON, Michigan - A business expansion that was supposed to be the largest economic development project to ever come to the Village of White Pigeon is a fraction of what was announced two years ago.

And it may be as big as it's going to get.

Forest River Manufacturing Inc.'s expansion into the village, to convert 80 acres of farmland in southern St. Joseph County into a production center, has resulted in the construction of a 100,000-square-foot structure that employs an estimated 80 people.

But a village official says those people are primarily workers who transferred with a production line from the recreational vehicle maker's operation in Centreville, rather than people from the White Pigeon area hired to fill newly created jobs. And the job count amounts to about one-fifth of the 396 positions that the Elkhart County, Indiana-based recreational vehicle division of Forest River promised to put to work over a three-year period.

Additional Information: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/01/largest_business_project_in_wh.html