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 .
Wed Aug 16, 2017
Fairfax, Va. – Kayona Wade, an employee of RCD RV Supercenter, has been chosen to receive the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2017-18. Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to a deserving RV company employee or their dependent enrolled in undergraduate studies.
This year’s scholarship winner is a full-time employee at RCD RV Supercenter in Pataskala, Ohio, where she assists with sales deal processing, payoffs and funding, title work, accounts receivable, accounts payable and other duties. A senior at Franklin University, Wade is double majoring in accounting and forensic accounting and maintains a 3.87 GPA.
“It’s an honor to have Kayona as a part of our RCD RV staff, and she should be very proud of herself and her achievement for being awarded the Learning Center’s scholarship,” RCD RV Supercenter Dealer Principal Brad Haire says. "Kayona has been with us full-time for a little over two years, and it is refreshing to see such a young employee with the work ethic and dedication it takes to turn a job into a career. We look forward to Kayona being a large factor in the future success of our organization and wish her nothing but the best as she finishes her degree.”
The Kindlund family, which endowed the scholarship program with $270,000, remains active in the RV industry even after selling its corporation, Holiday RV Superstores, in 1999. Newt Kindlund serves on the RV Learning Center Board of Directors.
“This scholarship is one of the oldest in the industry and we are very proud to have established it over 17 years ago,” Kindlund says.
The Learning Center’s scholarship program recognizes deserving rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applicants are judged on their current RV industry involvement or their plan to seek employment in the industry upon graduation, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and honors, financial need and a 500-word essay on their goals and objectives for college. The program has awarded $67,500 to 27 students since its inception in 2000.
The RV Learning Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions may be tax-deductible as charitable donations. Visit www.rvlearningcenter.com for more information.