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 .
Fri Aug 11, 2017
Visible from the Indiana Toll Road, a futuristic-looking building juts incongruously from the typical Elkhart, Indiana landscape that drivers are likely accustomed to. The recently-opened North American headquarters for Furrion is in the heart of the RV manufacturing industry, but the company’s sweet spot is supplying the wealthiest of RV owners — think retractable helipads and rooftop hot tubs. The new Elkhart facility is also home base for the global manufacturer’s latest endeavor — a mechanized “racing suit” that wraps a person in robotics to deliver super-human power.
“It is crazy, and we like crazy. We dream big and then make it happen,” Furrion founder and CEO Aaron Fidler says. "It’s always good to be different. When you’re different, you stand out. When you stand out, you build a brand.”
While its latest product, the “exo-bionic mech racing suit,” conjures images of sci-fi movies, Furrion’s roots are supplying luxury appliances and consumer electronics for RVs and yachts. The company partners with Elkhart-based Lippert Components to distribute its products, such as TVs, camera systems and kitchen appliances, for the specialty RV, marine and truck markets, according to a story by Inside Indiana Business.