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 .
Thu Sep 7, 2017
Easing into its third generation of Main family leadership, the Pik-A-Dilly RV Centre is marking its 55th year with Ryan Main at its helm.
Ryan’s father, Don, remains owner of the company, but said he has pretty well stepped back as much as possible while his son eases into ownership, offering his advice and guidance whenever it’s needed.
"It’s his baby and he’s doing a great job," Don told the Brandon Sun. "His grandparents would be very proud of the fact that he’s a third-generation owner, and I’m proud of that as well."
The local recreational vehicle business’s beginnings date back to 1958, when the Main family relocated to Brandon, Manitoba from Russell.
Frank and Shirley Main took over the British American Oil Company service station at the corner of 10th Street and Victoria Avenue, naming the station Arena Service Centre, as it was situated across from the arena of the day.
By 1962, Frank expanded the business to sell recreational vehicles. That effort took off quickly, and they outgrew their space by 1966, when they relocated to the 400 block of 10th Street, where they became a standalone RV dealership named Pik-A-Dilly Trailer Sales.