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 .
Fri Feb 10, 2017
ELKHART, Indiana - Since launching the $1 million Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge in September 2014, which kicked off with a $200,000 pledge by Kevin Clayton on behalf of Clayton Homes, more than 125 individuals, organizations and companies have pledged more than $797,300.
Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, credits Barry Cole, chairman emeritus of the Hall and president of MH Insurance Services, with spearheading the successful campaign.
“Barry has been relentless in urging his fellow manufactured housing industry colleagues to join the 'Count Me In' list of donors through personal contacts and speaking at various industry events," Searer says. "He has also supervised our on-going email fundraisers that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The idea to start the debt elimination plan for the Hall is a result of Barry Cole's conversations with Kevin Clayton. According to Cole, Clayton suggested after realizing the progress that has been made at the Hall and noting the Hall's sound management, board assurances to never borrow again and the Hall’s very positive financial position, made it possible for him to support the Hall. With that assurance, Clayton pledged $200,000 through his company, Clayton Homes.
Cole’s leadership has not gone unnoticed by Kevin Clayton, chairman, Clayton Homes, Inc.
“Barry’s leadership and the importance of this led me to do a personal pledge of $25,200, along with our company’s pledge," Clayton says. "I hope others will follow at some level, and we can set up this facility for a beautiful debt free future.”
"Kevin has absolutely helped make an enormous difference to the elimination of the Hall’s debt which is in achievable sight," Cole adds. "We all thank Kevin for the additional $25,200, and hopefully other strong RV and MH leaders will follow his example with small or large donations.”
Donations can be made on the Hall's website (www.rvmhhalloffame.org/clayton_challenge.cfm) and pledge forms are available for download.
"It's time to finish this off, and we can do it if more companies and individuals get on our 'Count Me In' list,” Cole says.