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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 .

Eastern Company Acquires Velvac Holdings

Wed Apr 5, 2017

NAUGATUCK, Connecticut - The Eastern Company has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Velvac Holdings, the premier designer and manufacturer of proprietary vision technology for commercial vehicles. Velvac recorded net sales of $58.7 million for fiscal year 2016.

The transaction is expected to be breakeven including purchase accounting expenses but before one-time transaction costs, in the current fiscal year. The transaction is projected to be accretive to Eastern’s earnings in Fiscal 2018.1

Founded in 1934, Velvac serves diverse markets within the heavy and medium duty truck, motorhome and bus markets. Velvac is a Tier 1 supplier of mirrors and camera-enabled vision systems, representing about two-thirds of its revenue. In addition, Velvac sells its aftermarket components and vision systems through its aftermarket channels as well as directly to OEM dealers and OEM parts distribution centers.

Velvac is a leading innovator of proprietary vision systems for commercial vehicles and motorhomes. Velvac introduced its first camera-enabled vision system in 2006 and now sells about 45,000 camera-enabled units annually. Velvac recently introduced its Road-iQTM 360-degree view camera, recording and communication system and announced TrailerLink, a new patent-pending solution that supports trailer-to-tractor video and data communications.

“We are delighted to add Velvac to our portfolio of businesses,” Eastern President and CEO August Vlak says. "Velvac represents an excellent fit for Eastern and helps us expand our presence in the truck and motorhome markets. This transaction also adds a new growth platform, with significant potential to expand margins in the future. We believe Velvac will become a strong contributor to our top line and earnings growth. We look forward to working with Jeff Porter, Velvac’s President and CEO, and his talented team for many years to come.”

“We are proud of the team and the business we have built over the past 11 years with the support of Prospect Partners," Porter says. "Eastern now gives us the stable, knowledgeable platform we need to grow and we are excited to partner with Eastern to help take Velvac to the next level.”