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 .

Lippert Components Plans to Add 100 Robots to Factory

Tue Dec 12, 2017

Lippert Components is planning to add at least 100 additional robots to its factory floors over the next five years.

“More and more people are using automated machinery as well as robotics to be able to get their work done,” Lippert President Scott Mereness says. “Just like everyone else we're struggling with the labor market.”

Earlier this year, Lippert added a fiber laser cutter on a factory floor in Goshen, Indiana. It is now doing the work of eight human beings - quietly and mechanically, according to a story by WNDU 16.

“We have quite a few robots that are in production on our shop floor, however, when we look at the size of our company, we’re a $2 billion dollar publicly traded company with over 10,000 employees, we know that the future at Lippert needs to have quite a bit more automation, including robots,” Mereness says.

On the factory floor was a high tech—low temp freezer press that cryogenically cooled rubber parts to 125 degrees before they became axle inserts.