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 .
Tue Jul 18, 2017
ELKHART, Ind. - Thor Motor Coach is expanding operations in Elkhart, Wakarusa and Bristol, Indiana.
"We are expanding our manufacturing footprint to meet the strong consumer demand for our products," Thor Motor Coach President Jeff Kime says. "These significant expansion projects will allow us to serve our dealer network with improved delivery times."
Facility expansions include a number of new facilities or expansions of existing facilities in northern Indiana. Thor Motor Coach will expand in Wakarusa, Indiana with the purchase of an existing building for type C production and a new lamination operation with six lamination lines to support motorhome production at multiple facilities. Thor Motor Coach is completing an addition to a type C campus in Bristol, Indiana to support its popular Quantum motorhome line. The company is also making a major addition to a type A plant in Elkhart that will enable the addition of a future second production line for some of the highest volume, in-demand gas type A motorhome models, according to a press release. In all, more than a half million square feet of workspace is being added, increasing the overall size of Thor Motor Coach's five Elkhart County campuses to 2.3 million square feet of manufacturing space, spread across 300 acres.
Plans to start production at these facility additions will commence in late summer and continue through the remainder of calendar 2017. Thor Motor Coach has begun hiring with a need for 400 additional employees to work in these areas. A job fair is planned for July 27 at the Thor Motor Coach plant located at the corner of State Route 19 and Hively Avenue in Elkhart.
"We are convinced that the dealers we have at Thor Motor Coach are the best in the industry," Thor Motor Coach Vice President of Sales Dana Simon says. "We want to make sure we solidify our relationships and this begins with providing our dealers with our popular motorhomes in a more timely fashion. The expansion plans we have in place will allow us to continue our rapid sales growth into future years."