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 .
Thu Dec 28, 2017
Recognizing the growing need in the RV aftermarket, Mike Keller, president of Keller Marine and RV, has announced a merger with Lightning RV Supply, a Tampa, Florida-based RV parts distributor. The two companies have a long standing relationship, and have worked together for many years.
“This just seemed like a natural fit, and the timing is right,” Keller says.
Keller Marine and RV will bring its nearly 60 years of experience and success to the new division with Lightning RV. Keller brings a number of strengths to the table, including extensive product lines, large inventory, state of the art operations and technology. Keller has been a leader in the RV business-to-business sector and is slated to release its ninth major revision of KWEB, its business-to-business website. KWEB 9.0 will feature state of the art appliance parts lookup and be free to any Keller Marine & RV customer.
Lightning RV has been in the RV distribution business for 25 years and brings hard parts expertise with its VPS RV parts system, and strong relationship of the southeastern U.S. market. KWEB 9.0 is expected to enhance that position and make the combined company even stronger in the hard parts business.
Keller Marine and RV will remain in its Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania facility and the new division with Lightning will operate out of Lightning’s original Tampa location. Plans continue to build a new state of the art warehouse facility on the same property. Joining the sales team for Lightning RV is Joe Ely, David Scalf and Cindy Pettis; along with former Lightning RV controller Rick Smyth, all seasoned veterans with a number of years of experience serving the RV aftermarket.
“We are excited about this opportunity, as this was a natural fit, both culturally and how we go to market,” Lightning RV Founder Brad Green says.
Michael Keller, son of Mike Keller and sales manager for Keller Marine and RV, will be leading the Lightning sales force.
“We look forward to taking the strengths from each team to serve our vendors and the entire customer base better,” Michael Keller says. “With National Supply dissolving their relationship with Lightning RV, this is the perfect opportunity for two companies who hold their dealers in high esteem to join forces.”