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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 Acquires Italy-Based Sessa Klein

Thu Feb 9, 2017

Elkhart, Indiana - LCI Industries has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Sessa Klein S.p.A., a Varese, Italy-based manufacturer of highly engineered side window systems for both high speed and commuter trains. Sessa Klein’s sales for 2016 were approximately €10 million ($11 million).

Closing of the transaction, anticipated to take place within 30 days, is subject to agreement on final terms, the execution of definitive transaction documents and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The purchase price is expected to be approximately €7.9 million ($8.5 million), which would be paid at closing from available cash, plus contingent consideration based on future sales.

“Sessa Klein has an excellent management team and a great reputation in the international rolling stock industry for the sophisticated engineering and design of their window products,” LCI President Scott Mereness says. “In 2016, we acquired Florence, Italy-based Project 2000 S.r.L., a manufacturer of motorized entry steps, bed lifts and RV accessories, as a foundation for LCI in the European RV market. We believe the addition of Sessa Klein’s products and diversified customer base opens a door into a new adjacent market for LCI. We are enthusiastic about growing market share in their core train markets in Europe as well as the United States.

"Additionally, we believe this transaction accelerates the opportunities to expand LCI’s product offerings for the European RV market, particularly for caravan windows. We look forward to the Sessa Klein management team continuing to serve their existing customers after the transaction is completed, as well as working closely with LCI’s management team to find new opportunities.”