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 .

Spartan Motors Expands Emergency Response Coverage in Midwest

Tue Mar 7, 2017

145512840627028.pngCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. has announced that it is expanding coverage in the Midwest with the addition of Feld Fire, a top regional dealer and provider of fire apparatus and first responder equipment. Moving away from a competing/industry leading brand, Feld has now made Spartan its exclusive fire apparatus manufacturer and will be selling Spartan products across its entire footprint.

Spartan's addition of Feld Fire as an authorized dealer will provide fire departments throughout the Midwest with a single source supply center that offers complete service for all fire, rescue and safety items through its recently expanded service capabilities. For more than 70 years, Feld has been a reputable industry source for fire apparatus equipment, providing its home base of Carroll, Iowa, and a growing Midwest footprint with continuous service and top quality products.

"Adding Feld Fire improves Spartan's competitive position and fills a void in the central U.S., as we continue to pursue incremental, organic growth in the Midwest market," Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "This new business relationship largely speaks to increased industry recognition and confidence in the new leadership and direction of the Spartan ER business unit, which has gained interest through its continued forward-growth."

The Feld business relationship effectively adds Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri to Spartan Emergency Response's distribution network, an expanded footprint which now includes 48 dealers in 50 states, 10 provinces and three territories across North America.

"The new arrangement comes as we are gaining traction in the accelerated turnaround of this business unit through the improved quality and attractiveness of our products and services in growing markets," Spartan's Emergency Response President John Slawson says. "The addition of Feld will help contribute to this acceleration."

Originally founded in 1945, Feld began as a western Iowa fire equipment service and distribution center. Over the years, the company has grown into a leading distributor of the latest firefighting equipment and search and rescue gear, with sales coverage that includes Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

"We are very excited about our new relationship with Spartan, a clear leader in the emergency response industry," Fed Fire President John Feld says. "It has long been our mission to be the best single source supply center for fire, rescue and safety needs, and in order to achieve this goal, we must continue delivering to our customers the best quality firefighting and rescue equipment in the industry. Spartan offers us just that."