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 .
Thu May 25, 2017
Robert Lee Ledford (Bob), a former RV dealer in North and South Carolina, passed away Saturday, May 20 at the age of 84 at his home in Arden, North Carolina.
Ledford was born May 22, 1932 to Mildred Ray Ledford and Oscar Horace Ledford in Barnardsville, North Carolina. He was the second oldest of eight children. He was a dedicated father, grandfather and entrepreneur who had a great passion for life and people, according to an obituary by the Groce Funeral Home.
Bob met Joan Revis Ledford in high school in Weaverville, North Carolina. They married in June 1951 in the Weaverville Presbyterian Church. In 1952, Ledford obtained his dealer's license and began a long career in auto and RV sales. He owned and managed Bob Ledford's RV and other dealerships for more than 40 years in the Asheville area. He was also actively involved with his son at Bob Ledford's RV & Marine in Greer, South Carolina. He was a member of Arden Presbyterian Church. He loved his farm in Avery's Creek but his passion was sales. His outgoing personality and love for life will be missed by all. Bob will be remembered for his TV commercials, the Saturday Night Jamboree TV Show, his slogan: "Let's Make a Deal", his famous golf cart greetings and Bobs Sweet Stripes soft peppermint candies.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Ledford of Arden; son, David Ledford of Inman, South Carolina; daughter, Jennifer Ledford Cox of Charlotte; grandchildren, Autumn Ledford of Greer, South Carolina, Kelby Ledford of Boston, Bradley Ledford of Arden, Samuel Cox of Charlotte and Isaac Cox of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Eli Ledford of Asheville and Ivy Ledford of Greer. Bob is also survived by his sisters, Irene Gentry of Durham, Nell Vea of Charlotte, Ossie English of Mars Hill, Grace Sandall of New Zealand and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee Ledford, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m. at Arden Presbyterian Church in Arden, North Carolina, with Reverend Ken Crabb officiating. The family will greet friends and associates at the church following the service. A private burial will be held at Shepherd Memorial Park.
Additional Information: http://www.grocefuneralhome.com/obituary/Robert-Lee-Bob-Ledford/Arden-NC/1729651