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 Jun 29, 2017
Elkhart, Indiana - Forest River, Inc. has purchased specialty vehicle manufacturer Turtle Top. A purchase price was not announced.
Forest River, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., manufactures recreational vehicles, pontoon boats, cargo trailers and buses. Turtle Top makes luxury buses in New Paris. Turtle Top was a division of the Independent Protection Co., which manufactures lightning protection equipment in Goshen. Turtle Top has been owned by the Cripe family since 1962. According to the company's website, current leadership includes Robert E. Cripe, Jr., corporate executive vice president and general manager. His son Evan is a member of the sales team. Phil Tom, Jr. is executive vice president of Turtle Top and his son Phil is a member of the sales team, according to a story by The Goshen News.
According to information from Forest River, Turtle Top designs and manufactures buses and specialty vehicles for the motor coach industry and government agencies. The company maintains a nationwide network of dealers.