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 .

U.S. Dept. of Labor and Thor Motor Coach Reach Agreement on Violations

Mon Sep 25, 2017

ELKHART, Ind. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and Thor Motor Coach have reached an agreement to resolve overtime and minimum wage violations.

The violations occurred at nine production plants in Elkhart and Wakarusa, according to the DoL's announcement. Under the agreement, Thor has paid 386 workers a total of $59,514, representing $29,757 in back wages and an equal amount in damages, according to a story by The Elkhart Truth.

Investigators with the Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act occurred when recruitment bonuses paid to employees were not included in overtime rate calculations, resulting in workers being paid less than they were legally owed, according to the announcement. The hourly rate earned by some piece rate workers fell below the minimum wage, and the company paid time-and-a-half on those same sub-minimum wage rates when calculating overtime for piece-workers.