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 .

Hopkins Mfg Acquires Acme Chamois

Wed Sep 6, 2017

149071797036154.jpgHopkins Manufacturing Corp. has announced that it has acquired Acme Chamois, a leather company that’s part of the Acme Sponge and Chamois Co. group based in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Acme Chamois has been producing the Tanner’s Select brand of leather chamois products, synthetic cloths for drying and chamois-based wash sponges for 65 years. Acme will continue to operate its business as Acme Sponge, which was not part of the transaction. A sales price was not disclosed, according to a story by the Tampa Bay Times.

Hopkins is a Kansas-based manufacturer and distributor of towing products for cars and recreational vehicles. The acquisition will strengthen the company’s leadership position in vehicle cleaning accessories, according to a press release.