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 .

Blue Ox Hires Dealer Development Manager for Southern California

Tue Jul 18, 2017

150039305854674.jpgPENDER, Nebr. – Ray Lombardi has joined Blue Ox as a Dealer Development Manager in Outside Sales serving customers in Southern California, from Fresno to San Diego, according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann.

Lombardi is a sales veteran of the RV, automotive, motorcycle and marine segments of the aftermarket industry.

“Ray’s experience and unique talent is in cultivating relationships with dealers that build confidence and trust,” Kietzmann says. "His past experience will help our customers with all-inclusive plans for growth, educating retail sales staff in the consumer benefits of our products and supporting our towing products with excellent customer service. Ray’s know-how makes him a perfect fit.”

In addition to his industry experience, Lombardi holds a bachelor’s degree in business with concentrations in marketing and business administration.

“I am really pleased to be part of the Blue Ox team," Lombardi says. "I have known and worked with members of the Blue Ox sales staff for years and have always admired their active engagement with their customers. I am looking forward to bringing that same dedication to supporting, advising and helping the dealers in my territory grow their businesses with our outstanding products and customer service."