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 27, 2017
Covercraft Industries founder Robert Lichtmann died on Fe. 20, just two days before his 92nd birthday.
Lichtmann, who had been retired from the business since 2003, graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering, according to a story by Hemmings.com. Early on, he worked as a plant manager for a company in Los Angeles that made convertible tops for automobiles and later car covers. When the company changed hands, he struck out on his own. Lichtmann started Covercraft in 1965 in a 1,200 square-foot shop in Van Nuys, California with just one employee, manufacturing custom-patterned car covers for MG Mitten Accessories. Beginning with just 30 patterns, Covercraft, now based in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, boasts a catalog of more than 85,000 custom car cover patterns.
Over the years, a wide variety of automotive specialty products were added to Covercraft’s lineup, and today, Covercraft is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers, employing more than 700 people across five states, serving aftermarket customers as well as OEMs. The company has expanded to three manufacturing facilities encompassing nearly 300,000 square feet.