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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 .

Berkshire Hathaway Battle in Texas Hinges on Legal Technicality

Mon Jul 17, 2017

Is it possible to own a company without controlling it, or even being “affiliated” with it?

That’s the fine point of corporate governance Texas state officials and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. are debating and weighing.

The issue stems from Berkshire Hathaway’s efforts to maneuver around a state law that has jeopardized the conglomerate’s ongoing operation of nearly three dozen Texas car dealerships because it also owns a company that manufactures recreational vehicles, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc.

State law prohibits a motor vehicle manufacturer from also owning dealerships, even if the vehicles aren’t of the same type.

However, the law defines a “manufacturer” as someone “affiliated with” a manufacturer or “controlled by” a manufacturer.

That has constituted enough potential wiggle room for Raymond Palacios Jr., board chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, to request an opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as to whether it’s possible for a company that wholly owns a motor vehicle manufacturer — in this case, Berkshire Hathaway’s ownership of Forest River — to “cease to be ‘affiliated with’ the motor vehicle manufacturer by relinquishing control of the manufacturer while maintaining ownership of it,” according to a story by My Statesman.