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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 .

Lifetime Industries Sues Trim-Lok for Infringement

Thu Jul 27, 2017

A northern Indiana judge ruled that a recreational vehicle supplier’s patent-infringement suit against a competitor will move forward, in part because former employees of the plaintiff company are alleged to have encouraged infringement.

Lifetime Industries Inc. of Elkhart sued rival Trim-Lok Inc., alleging the company infringed on its patent on a seal system for slide-out rooms used on RVs. District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio on Monday denied Trim-Lok’s motion to dismiss the case, according to a story by The Indiana Lawyer.

DeGuilio allowed Lifetime to proceed with its complaint alleging direct and indirect infringement as well as contributory infringement. He noted in his order that Lifetime adequately alleged in its complaint that two Trim-Lok employees formerly worked for Lifetime and became familiar with the patent.