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 .
Mon May 15, 2017
ELKHART, Indiana — A mostly vacant industrial building used to manufacture RVs in southwest Elkhart was completely destroyed in a fire visible from miles around Sunday afternoon.
The Elkhart Fire Department responded to the 2800 block of Oakland Avenue just north of Mishawaka Road just after 3 p.m. By the time crews arrived, the building was already engulfed in flames and the roof was caving in, so firefighters took a defensive position to spray water from the outside, according to a story from the Elkhart Truth.
The blaze sent a large plume of smoke over the southwest side of Elkhart for several hours. People in South Bend and Goshen reported seeing the smoke, which ABC57 Meteorologist Matt Standridge said was visible on weather radar.