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 .

Population Growing in Elkhart County

Wed Jan 3, 2018
Author: RV News staff

The latest U.S. Census population projections indicate the population in Elkhart County, Indiana, has grown by 6,222 people since 2010. The reported population growth adds up to about 3 percent a year—or 888 people per year—according to a story in the Elkhart Truth.

The county’s population totaled 203,781 as of July, according to the story, vs. 197,559 in the 2010 census. Read the full Elkhart Truth story here

It is unclear if the growing population will provide relief to the RV industry, the heart of which is in Elkhart County. RV manufacturers have been struggling to fill production jobs, which is a complaint shared by all types of manufacturers across the country. But Levon Johnson, president and CEO of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, says, “obviously any population growth is helpful not only the RV industry, but to all of the employers in the area who have struggled recently to fill positions.”

The key, Johnson says, is to continue building momentum in efforts to attract workers to the area, such as the Elkhart Economic Development Corp. website that features information about available jobs that targets specific areas of the country, and a pilot program focused on virtual recruiting and job interviewing. Other efforts include Elkhart County Manufacturing Week, which in its second annual installment in October, provided almost 2,000 eighth-grade students the opportunity to visit local manufacturers to explore “the diverse education and career path ways available today in manufacturing.” Manufacturing Days 2017 featured 53 businesses, many of which were RV manufacturers or RV suppliers.

“We have some things in the works that will be even more aggressive than that to bring workers to Elkhart County,” Johnson says, hinting at big things in the future.