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 .
Tue Sep 12, 2017
SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. –K-Z RV, located in Shipshewana, Indiana, is spearheading a hurricane relief effort in its local community to send help to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Southeastern United States.
“We must all respond to assist others in their times of need, whether that support be large or small,” K-Z President Aram Koltookian says. “Every contribution is important, and it all adds up.”
And now, with Irma recently hammering Florida and the greater southeastern United States, the need is even larger. If you live and work in North-central Indiana, whether you’re a solitary individual or represent an entire business, K-Z is inviting you to drop off any donations at K-Z. K-Z, in turn, will purchase goods to top off the trucks and make donations to several charities in Texas and Florida.
“Our community has always responded to those in need, and they’ve really stepped up to the plate in embracing their civic responsibilities,” Koltookian says. “They’re answering this effort in ways that transcend check writing.”
As stated, K-Z is acting as a staging area for the local communities, collecting physical donations to aid with disaster relief efforts. All donations must be received at K-Z by Sept. 25 (0985 North, 900 West, Shipshewana, Indiana). Here are items FEMA suggests:
Large plastic totes with lids are desperately needed, due to flooding and the limited places in the flood zones to place cardboard and trash, so by purchasing one or more to secure your donations, your contributions will be serving double-duty.
FEMA suggests other items needed include bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, pet crates, paper toweling and toilet paper. Also accepted include personal hygiene items, baggies, trash bags, batteries, flashlights, but no food items, please.
“Our employees are donating money and supplies, and additional individuals and companies have donated and dropped off even more,” Koltookian says. “I’d like to continue to spread the word to family, friends, suppliers and community partners; we really can make a difference, and I thank those who’ve already donated.”