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 .

Las Vegas–Based Chinook RV Comes to Elkhart County

Thu Jul 13, 2017

Elkhart, Ind. - Las Vegas–based RV manufacturer Chinook RV is setting up shop in Elkhart County, investing nearly $2.5 million and creating 207 jobs, according to a story in the Elkhart Truth.

Melanie Shawa, communications manager for Chinook RV, says the company purchased a 61,800-square-foot facility located at 29449 W. U.S. 33, in Baugo Township, and that minor work has begun on cleaning up the building to prepare it for future renovations.

"I have no idea when we might move into the facility," says Shawa. "We are currently dealing with getting licenses to operate the business in Indiana."

Elkhart County Economic Development Corporation President Mark Dobson said in a June Elkhart County Council meeting that Chinook was looking at Elkhart as a "potential manufacturing location," along with a few other states. He would not comment on the development for this story, saying that there are still steps in the process before other details can be revealed.

Chinook approached the council about securing a nine-year tax abatement, which would allow the company to phase-in property tax payments through 2026. The company is looking to invest $1.4 million in new manufacturing equipment and $160,000 in new information technology equipment, according to tax abatement documents given to the council.

This story was originally published in "The Elkhart Truth." Read the full story.