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 .
Tue Apr 18, 2017
West Point, Nebraska — Blue Ox and sponsor NTP/Stag held the largest spring OXSMART Training session in the company’s history with 34 service technicians attending the
hands-on seminar in late March.
"Even as we continue to expand our OXSMART Training and Education classes to venues nationwide and in Canada, we still really love the opportunity to host the event
right here at home in Nebraska,” Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann says. “In addition to installation and product training, the Nebraska events give the technicians the opportunity to tour our manufacturing facility and meet the dedicated men and women on our team that design and build our products. Another major objective of our training provides the opportunity for participants to provide insight and feedback on our product line and share ideas for new products.”
Hands-on technical training is the focus of the event with Blue Ox product experts guiding technicians through the installation of multiple products including: tow vehicle wiring, weight distributing hitches, goosenecks, braking systems, chassis performance products and Blue Ox’s new Super Ride Fifth-Wheel hitch.
OXSMART technical training graduates receive 13 hours of credit in the RVDA-RVIA Service Technical Certification program.
“Like Blue Ox, we strive to give dealers every advantage in providing their customers with the best experience in the industry,” Keystone/NTP-Stag Vice President and General Manager Bill Roger says. "Sponsoring the supplementary education of our dealers’ staffs goes a long way toward helping them satisfy our ultimate mutual customer - the end user.”
In the coming weeks, Blue Ox and NTP/Stag are offering OXSMART technical training at the Keystone Automotive Operations facility in Mississauga, Ontario on April 25 and 26, and at the RV Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana on June 13-14.