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 .
Thu Mar 30, 2017
Recreational vehicle manufacturing is returning to Somerset County, Pennsylvania with a line of iconic camping trailers.
Liberty Outdoors, formerly Little Guy Worldwide, will be assembling classic Serro Scotty Campers in the Somerset Industrial Park. Eight people are working at the facility finalizing prototypes, according to a story by the Daily American. The plan is to have 30 to 40 people working there once production begins with a goal of 60 to 100 employees by the end of the year.
Locally, former Fleetwood employees John Gross and Chuck Reckner are serving as manufacturing director and research and development director, respectively. Gross started at Fleetwood in 1990 and Reckner began working in the RV industry in 1969. Reckner had been retired.