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 .

RVN Exclusive: Gulf Stream Coach Expands Etna Green Facility

Mon May 15, 2017

Gulf Stream Coach has announced plans to expand to a second production line at its Etna Green, Indiana production facility.

Gulf Stream Coach Marketing Manager Paul Campbell says the industry in general and Gulf Stream in particular, have been growing quickly and the demand for the trailers has increased, necessitating the expansion.

As a result, the company expects to add 45 more jobs in the coming months, mainly from the labor force already in Kosciusko County, just south of Elkhart County.

“One of the blessings of the location of this facility is that Etna Green is about 35 miles south of Elkhart and it’s drawing its labor pool not necessarily from Elkhart County, but from Kosciusko County to the South,” Campbell says. “People looking to find work in an RV facility, if they live in that southern county, they would be drawn to this plant before going to the Elkhart or Goshen area. We have developed a separate labor pool because of the geographic location.”

The second production line will help increase the number of models that come out of the facility. The company produces several lines out of that plant, including the Breeze, Streamlite, Vista Cruiser, Vintage Cruiser, Northern Express, Matrix, GEO and others.

Particularly, it has been the Vintage Cruiser that has attracted the most business from the company’s customers. Campbell says that is due mainly to the fact that it reminds people of an older time or gives people the chance to experience camping in a trailer for the first time.

“The Vintage Cruise appeals to two different groups of people,” Campbell says. “One is the veteran trailer campers who actually remember the ‘50s personally. They were there and they love the connection we have made with the ‘50s and camping. The other is the ones who only know the ‘50s by reputation and have never been camping in a trailer before. It catches their attention and stops them in their tracks and gives them the reason to consider something like trailer camping.”

Campbell says the company is planning to have the second line up and running within 90 days. The quick turnaround is because the space being converted is space that the company hadn’t been using before and creates a rather easy transition to production capacity. The building is about 100,000 square feet and employs about 130 people at the plant.