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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 .

Beyond, Inc. Acquires RV Industry Software Firm Rainmaker Consulting

Fri Jul 21, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. – Beyond Inc., a newly launched provider of payment processing and other business services, has announced its acquisition of long-time industry software and consulting firm Rainmaker Consulting, LLC, based in Davenport, Iowa.

Rainmaker, founded in 1976 as Judy Carr and Associates, provides software and consulting services to retailers of recreational vehicles, manufactured and modular housing and specialty trailers. All of Rainmaker’s former operations, products and contracts will remain in place, and all Rainmaker employees have become employees of Beyond’s Dealership Management division.

“This is the best-case scenario for our employees and our customers," Rainmaker Former President Chad Carr says, who will join Beyond as the Director of Dealership Management. "The acquisition by Beyond gives us access to expertise and financial resources that we could never have imagined. The Beyond leadership team is 100 percent committed to providing our retailers with the exceptional service that Rainmaker has always offered, while expanding Beyond's offerings to serve them even better."

Judy Carr, who earned a reputation as a pioneer during her four decades in the industry, passed away unexpectedly in April 2016.

“We had a great team, but we could not replace Judy’s energy, passion and expertise without outside help," Chad Carr says. "Through this acquisition, we can keep our customers happy, improve our products, increase our training, testing and development and grow our product support team. We see nothing but positives and are excited for our future."

Robert Carr – who built Heartland Payment Systems from a $2 million startup in 1997 to a $4.3 billion enterprise – launched Beyond in May to offer small and medium-sized business a trusted, reliable partner to help them handle a wide range of business operations affordably, without sacrificing security and customer service.