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 .
Mon Feb 13, 2017
Glacier Ice House may be in the great white north of northern Minnesota, far away from large cities.
It is headquartered 153 miles west of Duluth; 112 miles east of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 217 miles north of Minneapolis; and 229 miles south of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In other words, squarely in the middle of plains and farms, two to three hours away from the metropolis of some larger cities.
But that hasn't stopped customers from ordering Ice Houses and RVs from the company that continues to manufacture several models from the ground up in Minnesota.
As of Fall 2016, Glacier Ice House opened up a new plant in Brainerd, one of the larger cities in central Minnesota, and much closer to Minneapolis. In doing so, Glacier Ice House has increased production of its models by 50 percent and doubled the number of employees, now sitting at about 40, according to Owner and General Manager Sean Pearson.
"Our RV additions have become very popular and people are gravitating toward them," Pearson says. "We have expanded our product line up to 24 feet."
The new plant in Brainerd is nearly twice the size of the first one in Bemidji, which was estimated to be at 35-40,000 square feet. The new plant that opened in the fall, measures at about 60,000 square feet.
Glacier Ice House offers 11 different models, ranging in size from 12 to 25 feet in length and featuring five to eight ice holes, depending on the size of the model.
With more than double the production space and employees, Pearson says 2017 looks to be one of the best years in the industry and certainly for the company.
"The projections look great," he says. "We're still selling them like crazy. Everything looks good for us."