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 .

Winnebago Seeks Tax Breaks to Expand in Elkhart County

Tue Jan 16, 2018

151604927417466.pngWith Winnebago Industries looking to possibly double its local work force, the Elkhart County Council is looking at possible tax breaks to lure the Forest City Iowa-based firm, including a 10-year tax phase-in on real estate and a seven-year phase-in on equipment, according to an article in the Goshen News.

Mark Dobson, president and CEO of the Elkhart County Economic Development Corp, told the council Saturday that Winnebago would invest about $8.6 million in real estate and equipment to build a facility close to the company’s current location in Middlebury, should the county be selected. Elkhart County is one of three are under consideration for the new plant, which would create 225 new jobs at wages of about $36 per hour while retaining the approximately 290 jobs at the other plant.

“It’s best described as an ongoing competition to really solidify this company’s presence in Indiana and this region,” Dobson said. “We have not received notice that Elkhart County will win this project.”

The council approved a declaratory resolution that got the ball rolling.

In a separate vote, the council passed a confirmatory resolution to approve 7-year real estate and equipment tax abatements on plans by Chinook RV to build a new plant in Elkhart County.