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 .

Ex Con Is Story of Success for Lippert Components

Fri May 12, 2017

A local man has gone from robbing banks to being a manager at Lippert Components, and he is sharing his story. Jay Wade credits hard work and Goodwill Industries for his success.

It takes dozens of people along the line at Lippert Components to churn out more than 2,000 awning parts a shift. Jay Wade is in charge of them, according to a story by WSBT.com.

"These are my people," says Wade as he overlooks the two assembly lines. "Great guys."

Wade wasn't always in charge though, even of his own life. He was constantly in trouble, skipping school, stealing minor things until he turned 17, when his path took him to more major crimes, such as armed robbery, drug dealing and even firing weapons. It was an armed bank robbery that got him sent to prison for 10 years.

"Being in prison, you just think about getting out, getting a job and staying out," Wade says. "That is all you think about."

He now considers himself a success.

Additional Information: http://wsbt.com/news/local/goodwill-helps-local-man-go-from-robbing-banks-to-managing-assembly-lines