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 Mar 10, 2017
One of the great things about the RV industry is the large number of multi-generational family owned businesses. One of those is Macdonald's RV Center in Plainville, Massachusetts who will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017.
The dealership is now run by Karen Macdonald, with a dedicated team of employees who demonstrate every day what small business success and incredible customer service mean to the business, according to a press release by the New England Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association.
At a time when many family dealerships are being acquired by larger consolidators, Macdonald's RV Center proudly exhibits its independence and small business success everyday from its single lot in Plainville - almost in the shadow of Gillette Stadium.
"The Macdonald family business is a model for small business success in what we all know can be a very competitive business throughout the country," NERVDA Executive Director Bob Zagami says. "The personal service they bring to the dealership everyday, and the professional pride exhibited with their customers, suppliers and manufacturers have set the standard for others to follow. Like the tortoise and the hare, it is not always the largest dealership or the corporation with the most money that wins the race.
"Our industry is blessed with many small dealers like Macdonald's RV Center, who provide outstanding products, incredible after-sale support and service and present an inviting family environment and a friendly smile every time a prospect or customer walks through the door. Karen has continued the family tradition started by her grandfather, built bigger and better by her father Alvin, who passed away just last year and improved upon every year that she has been at the helm."
Macdonald's focuses on new and pre-owned travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Industry veterans, who have years of experience in larger dealerships, are now part of the team that is contributing to the continued growth of the company, but making sure the environment of this small business never changes. Reinie Lehberger is the general manager and the company recently added Greg Cory as the new service manager.
"We are delighted to congratulate Karen and her employees for their outstanding commitment to their customers and providing quality service to the RV community for 70 years," NERVDA President Linda Mailhot says, who is the owner of Seacoast RVs in Saco, Maine. "Karen leads by example and many of her customers are now in their second or third generation owners of an RV purchased at Macdonald's RV Center."
"We love Karen and her family and appreciate everything they have done to build such a quality dealership in New England," say Fran and Shirley Roberts, owners of Long View RV in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, now in its 58th year. "Karen is dedicated to her employees and customers, and it shows in the respect the dealership has earned in our industry. What a great achievement. We've been so fortunate to know her and her father as we both built our family-owned businesses that have survived the ups and downs of the RV industry through all these years. Here's to another 70 Karen!"
The dealership launched its 70th Anniversary celebration with special deals at all the recent consumer shows around New England and will hold a large Open House this weekend, March 10-12, on its lot in Plainville.