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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 .

Born Free Still Shut Down Six Weeks After Surprise Closing

Fri Jun 23, 2017

HUMBOLDT, Iowa - On May 15, Born Free RV announced that it would be closed for the week. Six weeks later, it still has not reopened and the company's phone has been disconnected, according to a story by WHO TV.com.

The Born Free RV line was created by Dodgen Industries back in the late '60s. The company was founded in the '40s to make farm equipment. Since the '70s, RVs are all the company has made at this Humboldt plant. More than two years ago, the company was sold to an investor group.

“We've been shut down now for six weeks and we are waiting on the company ownership to either provide more money or not, at this point,” Born Free Product Manager Branden Dodgen told WHO TV. His grandfather founded Dodgen Industries. Brandon stayed on with the new owners to work at the company.

The firm had two to three months worth of orders on the books when the plant closed, according to Dodgen. There were around 35 employees working there at the time.