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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 .

Spartan Specialty Vehicles Celebrates Opening of Facility

Wed Jun 14, 2017

145512840627028.pngCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Spartan Specialty Vehicles, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its new, flexible manufacturing facility in Charlotte, Michigan. The ceremony featured a tour of the facility and the plant's production of the all-new 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck, designed to optimize fuel efficiency and maximize cargo space in order to serve the growing urban and last-mile delivery segments.

The F-Series truck represents an expanded alliance with Isuzu, as Spartan has been manufacturing the smaller Isuzu N-Series truck from a dedicated facility in Charlotte since 2011. In fact, Spartan produced its 40,000th Isuzu N-Series this year.

"At Spartan, our core competencies are reflected through contract manufacturing and investment in the local communities; and today's ceremony represented that," Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "We are happy to have had the opportunity to celebrate our expanded alliance with Isuzu, which will bring more than 100 new jobs to the region and recognize the great work our employees are doing to help improve efficiency for our customers."

The new, 85,000-square-foot assembly plant represents a $6.5 million investment to the local community, and will bring nearly 100 jobs to Spartan Motors and the region.

"The event today was a great opportunity to showcase the skilled workforce at this state-of-the-art facility, as they have done a remarkable job assembling high-quality trucks that support the growing last mile delivery infrastructure," Spartan Specialty Vehicles President Steve Guillaume says.