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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 .

Lippert Components Selected 2016 Goodwill Business of Year

Mon Apr 17, 2017

149244497788700.jpgElkhart, Indiana - Lippert Components, Inc. has been selected as the 2016 Business of the Year by Goodwill Industries of Michiana. The Business of the Year award recognizes one business each year that reflects the ideals of Goodwill Industries of Michiana through a commitment to empowering families in the greater Michiana community by providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment.

In 2016, LCI collaborated with Goodwill through job fairs and hiring events that led to the employment of 38 individuals, many of whom were involved with LCI’s Welding Training program.

“We are so pleased to name LCI as our Business of the Year," Goodwill President and CEO Debie Coble says. "One of the main reasons that LCI was selected was the commitment we have seen to create opportunities for livable wage jobs by providing innovative training programs. That’s a long-winded way of saying we really like the ‘out of the box’ approach to the welding training that is taking place in the Chassis Division. It’s practical, hands on and real world and it reflects Goodwill's ‘hand-up, not a hand-out’ philosophy.”

LCI’s 12-week paid training program graduated its first class of students in September 2016. Thanks to a grant made possible by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana program, students can earn an advanced welding certificate and credits from Vincennes University to use toward an associate degree in welding. After graduating, LCI hires the newly trained individuals.

“With such a short supply and strong demand for skilled labor, it is imperative that we develop multiple community and State relationships to deliver the skilled or trainable team members necessary to service our operational needs," LCI Chief Human Resources Officer Nick Fletcher says. "We’re honored to receive the award and are very thankful for our partnership with Goodwill,”

Goodwill Industries of Michiana created the Business of the Year Award in 2014 to highlight the importance of partnerships with area businesses. Its mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals and families through education, training and job placement. When companies offer employment opportunities, those who need work experience develop their confidence and skills. In turn, area businesses enjoy enthusiastic employees and the support of Goodwill staff to mentor their development. This valued partnership with the business community strengthens both the workforce and the individual, according to a press release.

The award will be presented to LCI on April 27 at Goodwill’s Little Black Dress Fashion Show at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gillespie Center in South Bend, Indiana. Additionally, Goodwill’s Graduate of the Year, Jay Wade, is a Front Line Leader at Plant 58 in Elkhart.