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 .

Former Coachmen Executive Passes Away at 86

Mon Oct 30, 2017

150937825710274.jpgCharles R. "Chuck" Ornduff Sr., 86, Elkhart, Ind., passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Oct. 21, at Center for Hospice Care Elkhart, with his family by his side.

Orndurff worked as a branch and division manager for The Associates and in management and corporate staff for Coachmen Industries for more than 40 years. Coachmen was later acquired by Forest River Inc.

Orndurff was born June 10, 1931, in Cumberland, Maryland, to Olen and Thelma P. (Shrout) Ornduff. He married Cecilia Avina on Valentine’s Day, 1953, in Greely, Colorado.
He is survived by Cecilia, his wife of 64 years; son, Charles R. (Nancy) Ornduff Jr.; two daughters, Dannette (Jeff) Eberhard, Sidney Ornduff (fiance Robert M. Kelsey); four loving grandchildren, Jason Eberhard, Brent Eberhard and Piper and Gage Ornduff.

He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, earning the rank of staff sergeant at the time of his honorable discharge in 1955. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks, Moose Lodge, Lions and Knights of Columbus. Ornduff was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church since 1974, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and usher. He enjoyed fishing, golf and was an avid Notre Dame and Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

To read more of his obituary, click here to visit The Goshen News.