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 Feb 22, 2018
Author: Jeff Thomas/Julie Baxter
Flood conditions in Elkhart County, Indiana, and much of Michiana, are probably going to create at least some temporary delays in shipments from the RV capital of the world, as manufacturers deal with their own delays in material shipments and the potential hazard to their employees.
“It’s definitely a challenge,” said a representative from one OEM, which had closed down Elkhart operations for today. He said the plant was fine, but employees were having difficulty with flooding in their homes and even finding a way to work.
There also was a deluge of closed roads throughout the county and the area. More than 30 roads were closed in Elkhart County, though none were major highways.
According to information from the City of Elkhart, first responders were dispatched 29 times Wednesday because of the flooding, resulting in a total of 100 evacuations and rescues as of 5 p.m. The Elkhart River was already 5.5 feet above flood stage, and not expected to get below flood stage until Sunday.
Record rainfall since Monday, almost 4.5 inches in some locations, joined with melting snow to create the conditions, which were not relenting today. All of Elkhart County was under a state of emergency, as officials encouraged residents not to engage in “non-essential” travel.
A flood warning for the St. Joseph River, 3.5 feet above the 24-foot flood stage, was continued until further notice. In all, the flooding was already deemed the worst in 45 years and might be worse than that in the coming days.
No OEMs in the area were reporting damage to facilities. The City of Elkhart, however, was anticipating damage to roadways and municipal facilities.