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 .
Fri Jun 2, 2017
Thor Industries Inc., one of the largest companies in the recreational vehicle industry, presented KOA Care Camps for children with cancer with a check for $10,000 Tuesday, May 30 as the first step in an ongoing relationship between Thor and Care Camps.
Care Camps is a system of 129 specialized summer camps located throughout North America that provide a week-long summer camp experience to children with cancer and their siblings. The Care Camps charity was created in the early 1980s by the Kampgrounds of America Owners Association, and is supported through the fundraising efforts of KOA campground owners, Kampgrounds of America Inc. and several major camping and RV industry sponsors.
Thor Industries is also planning to supply two of its RV units to selected Care Camps in Indiana and Kentucky this summer so the children at the camps can further experience the joys of camping.
"The leaders of Thor Industries contacted Care Camps recently about getting involved with our organization," KOA Care Camps Chairman Wade Elliott says. "They didn't hesitate to get involved right away by making a substantial monetary contribution, and also generously provide new Keystone and Airstream RVs to two Care Camps being held in June and July.
Elliott credits Thor Industries President and CEO Bob Martin and Vice President of Administration and Human Resources Ken Julian for making Thor a key player in the future of Care Camps.
"At Thor, we believe in making products that help families enjoy time together in the many beautiful outdoor spaces in North America, and we are proud to support the tremendous efforts of Care Camps," Martin says. "When we first started talking with Wade about the mission to spread the fun of camping with families that have been deeply affected by cancer, I decided to support the effort personally as well, so today I would like to match Thor's contribution with an additional $10,000 contribution as well."
"We think this is just the beginning of our new relationship with Thor and its subsidiaries," Elliott says. "There is really no limit to what a company like Thor Industries can do to help these deserving kids."