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 .

Hopkins Manufacturing Acquires AirPower America

Tue Mar 28, 2017

149071797036154.jpgEMPORIA, Kansas - Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation has announced it has acquired certain assets of Kristus, Inc. d/b/a AirPower America. AirPower is a leading supplier of oil/fluid extractors and air pumps marketed under the TopSider, LiquiVac and MaxAir brands.

The AirPower product offering includes the MaxAir air pump and the TopSider and LiquiVac (for Large and Small Engines) oil change/extractor systems.

“We are pleased to add the AirPower product line, the leader in oil fluid extractors, to Hopkins’ FloTool branded fluid management product offering," Hopkins President and CEO Bradley Kraft says. "AirPower’s unique designs will be a great addition for Hopkins, capitalizing on a growing trend where extractors are required to remove oil from newer vehicles.”

“We are excited with the reach of Hopkins and their ability to further the growth of the AirPower product line,” Kristus President Barry Kearns says. "Hopkins has an outstanding reputation in the industry and the fit with the FloTool line of products is perfect.”

Hopkins will transfer the production and distribution of the AirPower line to its Miami, Oklahoma manufacturing facility where it produces other “Made in the USA” FloTool fluid management products such as Rhino Drive-Up Ramps, Super Duty Oil Drains and various funnels and other products. Hopkins has North American manufacturing and distribution in the US, (i.e., Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, California); in Canada in Blenheim, Ontario and in Mexico in Juarez, Chihuahua.

Recent acquisitions by Hopkins include Bell Automotive Products, interior and vehicle accessories; Mallory, the market leader in Canada for snow tools and in North America for gas station squeegees; the fluid management drain pans and ramps of F3 Brands; Mr. Funnel, a simple but effective line of portable fuel filters that remove water, dirt and debris from all types of fuels; and TowDaddy line of towed vehicle wire harness kits.