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 .
Wed Nov 15, 2017
Reston, Va.—The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will honor Derald Bontrager of Jayco Inc. and Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV with the organization’s top awards during a special RV Industry Awards event, taking place during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville, a couple of blocks from Fourth Street Live..
Bontrager will receive RVIA’s Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award. This is the association’s highest honor, presented to an individual within the RV industry who has set himself or herself apart by outstanding service. As one of the most successful and respected executives in the RV industry, Bontrager is being recognized for his extensive service to RVIA and for his tremendous success at the helm of Jayco, according to a press release.
Wilkins will be honored with the David J. Humphreys Industry Unity Award, which is presented jointly by RVIA and RVDA. This award recognizes an individual who continuously strives to encourage the multiple constituencies of the industry to work collectively for the growth and betterment of the industry. During his time as RVDA Chairman and in other leadership positions, Wilkins has worked diligently to strengthen the bonds connecting RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers.
The inaugural RV Industry Awards will bring the RV industry together for an evening of recognition during the National RV Trade Show to honor the companies, people and vehicles that showcase the industry as dynamic, innovative, inspirational and customer-service focused. The event, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), will also feature the presentation of RVDA’s Titan Award to Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes and RVDA’s Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Quality Circle Awards; among other awards.