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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 .

Grand Design Hires 1,000th Employee

Tue May 2, 2017

149373847026403.jpgMiddlebury, Indiana - GRAND DESIGN RECREATIONAL VEHICLE COMPANY marked the first half of 2017 with the hiring of its 1,000th employee.

“Our employees are what make this company thrive and are ultimately responsible for our unprecedented growth," Grand Design President and CEO Don Clark says. "It’s such an honor to be able to make a difference in the community and have so many dedicated team members that call Grand Design home.”

Grand Design RV entered the RV market in January 2013 with its flagship Solitude Fifth Wheel, quickly followed by the release of the market-leading Reflection Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailer lines and the luxury Momentum Toy Hauler in July of the same year. The introduction of these new products created a total of 500 jobs in just 15 short months.

The Imagine Travel Trailer was introduced to the market in July 2015 spurring even more growth and hiring. In the first half of 2017, Grand Design crested the 1,000th employee mark and is continuing to grow. Strong year over year brand growth of nearly 67 percent through February, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., has contributed to accelerated hiring and need for the newly constructed Plant 6 that opened its doors for production in late 2016, according to a press release.

“When we founded Grand Design, our goal was to make our company special for our retail customers, Grand Design dealers, suppliers and our Grand Design team members," Clark says. "We attribute our exceptional growth to the special relationships we have forged with all of these groups and thank you for making Grand Design such a special company.”

Grand Design RV, headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana, manufactures the Market Leading Reflection Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailer, Flagship Solitude Extended Stay Fifth Wheel, Luxury Momentum Toy Hauler and Lightweight Imagine Travel Trailer product lines. Since its founding in 2012, Grand Design RV has become one of the fastest growing RV companies in history and is rated among the highest quality RV manufacturers. Grand Design RV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Winnebago Industries.