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 .

Middlebury PD Forwards Winnebago Employee's Death to County Prosecutor

Wed Apr 12, 2017

149184117888435.jpgMIDDLEBURY, Indiana - Middlebury Police and the Middlebury Coroner have determined a cause of death for Rick Schlabach, a 54-year-old man killed in a workplace incident on April 6.

After an autopsy, police say Schlabach died from blunt force injuries. He was killed in an incident Thursday morning at the Winnebago Towables facility. His son-in-law last Thursday morning at Winnebago Towables.

His son-in-law Doug Smith, alleged that a coworker ran him over with a forklift. An investigation has wrapped up in the death and the case has been forwarded to Elkhart County prosecutors, who will review the police reports and determine if any criminal charges will be filed. A timeline for that process is not known.

The forklift in the incident is reported to be a smaller, common type of model that local factories have by the dozens, according to Middlebury Town Marshal Kevin Miller, who told the Goshen News in an interview.

Officers in Middlebury were notified about the incident at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 6 and responded, along with the Middlebury Fire Department. Rescue crews attempted to revive Schlabach, but he was pronounced dead at the plant of blunt force trauma, according to Elkhart County Coroner James Elliott.

No other information has been released about the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back at www.rvnews.com for additional coverage.