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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 .

Tuttle Named VP and Human Resources Chief at Hopkins

Tue Jan 30, 2018

151732949332064.jpgHopkins Manufacturing Corp. has named Pat Tuttle vice president and chief human resources officer. Tuttle will lead and direct all human resource-related activities for Hopkins, at its 10 locations around the world.

“We are pleased to have Pat join our team at Hopkins,” says Bradley T. Kraft, president and chief executive officer of Hopkins, an Emporia, Kansas firm founded in 1953. “His experience with growing companies, both organically and through acquisitions, along with his exceptional background in human resources will be invaluable to our cultural and strategic growth initiatives.”

Most recently, Tuttle was the vice president of human resources and strategic business partner for Reichhold LLC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading supplier of coating resins with 17 manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Tuttle served in a variety of HR roles in 16 years at Reichhold, advancing to full HR responsibility for the 3,000-person company. Prior to Reichhold, Tuttle developed his HR skills with various other companies.

Tuttle's extensive educational background includes a bachelor's degree in business, with a concentration in human resource management, and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Toledo; he is certified as a senior professional in human resources, global professional in human resources, certified benefits professional, certified compensation professional and global remuneration professional.

Hopkins is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of specialized towing products and functional accessories for the recreational vehicle aftermarkets, marketing under a number of well-recognized brand names, including: Hopkins Towing Solutions Trailer Wiring & Brake Control Products; Blazer International Vehicle & Trailer Lighting Products; Carrand, AutoSpa, Tanner’s Select, Pacific Coast and Detailer’s Choice Vehicle Cleaning Products; Mallory squeegees; Bell, Victor, MonkeyGrip and Go Gear Vehicle Accessories; Sub-Zero and Mallory Snow & Ice Tools; Flo-Tool Fluid Management Products; BrakeBuddy RV tow brakes; nVISION Vehicle Safety Products; Arm & Hammer and DUO Automotive Air Fresheners; and Juice Booster Cables.