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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 .

Blue Ox Honors Employees at Annual Banquet

Tue Oct 17, 2017

150825527320873.jpgPender, Nebr. – On Oct. 6, Blue Ox employees came together at Crave at the Hilton Garden in Sioux City, Iowa for an evening of celebration for the company’s annual service awards banquet.

The event was hosted by the board of directors, Mike Hesse, chairman; Sandy Hesse, secretary; and Ellen Kietzmann, CEO and president. This year, 21 employees were recognized for their years of service and dedication with the company.

Blue Ox employees are recognized in five-year increments and receive valuable mementos in recognition of years of service.

The following employees were honored for 30 years of service:

Billie Rager
Tony Henschke
Marlin Munderloh
Les Roeber

The following employees were honored for 20 years of service:

Delwin Kai
Deanna Wendte
Kim Bargmann

The following employees were honored with 15 years of service:

Mike Thelander
Mary Wiseman

The following employees were honored with 10 years of service:

Diane Ruzicka

The following employees were honored with 5 years of service:

Cacy Bouck
Brian Emmons
Scott Eyl
Francisco Gonzales
Jann Hamilton
Jeremy Hastings
Julio Martinez
Viola Pearce
Jenifer Putnam
Verne Tyrrell
Vincent Valenzuela

“It is such an honor to recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication each of our awards recipients have given to Blue Ox and Automatic Equipment Manufacturing,” CEO and President Ellen Kietzmann says. “It is because of their passion and contributions combining 275 years of experience, that the company has achieved such an outstanding success over the years.”