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 .

Airstream Announces Swift Group as Sole Distributor for U.K.

Tue Mar 28, 2017

149071776714890.jpgCottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England - Swift Group and Airstream, Inc. have announced the appointment of Swift Group as the sole distributor for Airstream in the UK, effective March 20.

The partnership brings together two outstanding companies, with complementary strengths and an unwavering commitment to realize the potential of Airstream in the UK, according to a press release.

“This is a fabulous new opportunity for Swift Group, with significant promise in an untapped market,” Swift Group Managing Director James Turner says. "I am delighted that Airstream has recognized the quality, passion and unrivaleed capability that Swift possesses. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Airstream was founded in the U.S. by Wally Byam in the 1920’s. An icon was born when Byam built his first shining silver orb, known as the Clipper, in 1936. Today, Airstream counts Oscar winners and rock legends among its loyal followers. Easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their riveted and rounded polished aluminium, many have been magnetized by the inescapable pull of the Airstream range of luxury trailers.

The Airstream board has long coveted the British market, convinced that this epitome of high-end leisure vehicle luxury could find a place in the hearts of UK consumers. In Swift Group, Airstream discovered an ideal partner with an unrivaled caliber that will help the brand flourish.

“Over the last decade, Airstream has developed a strong foundation in the UK and we believe Swift Group is the right partner to help us take it to the next level,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler says. "There is tremendous potential for Airstream in the UK and we fully expect to see sales accelerate in the coming years.”

As the UK’s premier caravan manufacturer, Swift Group has the vision and passion allied with commercial capability and experience vital to succeeding with this most iconic brand. The addition of Airstream to its unrivaled portfolio of brands, will enable Swift to extend into a new market sector and further strengthen its leadership position in the UK.

For more information, contact Andy Newhall, Head of Marketing, Swift Group or Lucy Marshall, Marketing Executive, Swift Group.