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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 .

LCI Announces Two New Teams in Chassis Division

Tue Aug 29, 2017

150402112052107.jpgElkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. has announced that the company’s chassis division has formed two new teams, the Research & Development Chassis Team and the VAVE (Value Analysis, Value Engineered) Chassis Team.

While the chassis division has been operating the two divisional teams since 2015, with proper infrastructure and leadership now in place, the company is officially announcing the sub-teams. The teams will continue to work together within the chassis division but will focus on individual projects and operational improvements.

The R&D Chassis Team is focused on the continuous evolution of the RV towable chassis product line and is using innovative, forward-thinking to improve the quality, consistency and overall public perception of its products. The R&D Chassis Team is structured to work hand in hand with OEM’s throughout every facet of a project until completion. To date, the R&D team has successfully launched many component and process improvements that are being utilized throughout the industry today.

To learn more or contact LCI’s R&D Chassis Team, email Trenton Miller at tmiller1@lci1.com.

LCI’s VAVE Team, or Value Analysis, Value Engineered, is concentrating on several objectives including: chassis cost savings, optimization of chassis designs, improvement of manufacturing processes, evaluation of structural questions and/or concerns, OEM partnerships for the creation of new chassis designs and the overall maintenance and expansion of structural guidelines. The VAVE team utilizes FEA testing along with physical testing to assist with OEM design validation.

To learn more or contact LCI’s VAVE Chassis Team, email TJ Brubaker at tbrubaker@lci1.com.

“LCI offers these services and is shifting certain focuses to allow for more of a consultant relationship with OEMs, as opposed to simply being a product vendor,” LCI Vice President of Operations Chuck Bell says. “Both of these chassis teams offer great value to our customers, and we’re excited to officially launch the sub-teams to our OEM partners as a resource.”