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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 .

Blue Ox Hires New Director of Procurement and Design

Tue Apr 4, 2017

149132161772190.jpgPENDER, Nebraska - Ronnie Merchant has joined Blue Ox as the Director of Procurement and Design, overseeing the purchasing, engineering and product development
departments, according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann.

In his previous positions, Merchant has held several leadership roles in the purchasing of raw materials, supply chain management and in the development of specifications for engineered parts and materials.

“Ronnie and the teams he directs strive to exceed expectations and support Blue Ox’s foundational commitment to high quality standards," Kietzmann says. "His proven
record of building long term business relationships with suppliers, coupled with his ability to focus design and engineering goals, compliments and enhances our ability to meet the needs of our customers with innovative products.”

In addition to his industry experience, Merchant holds a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing and an MBA in supply chain and logistics.

“I am excited to be joining this innovating, game changing company,” Merchant says. "I am really looking forward to working with the managers and the staffs of Blue
Ox’s purchasing, engineering and product development teams. They are a great group of people, passionate about their work and dedicated to providing great products that enhance the customer experience.”