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 .
Mon Feb 26, 2018
Airstream has announced its most significant plant expansion in company history, a $40 million project to create a new 750,000-square-foot facility at its Jackson Center, Ohio, headquarters. The project is set to break ground in late spring, with completion expected in 2019.
The plant expansion will consolidate multiple production spaces into one facility, bringing the assembly of the company’s travel trailers under one roof. The current 255,000-square-foot travel trailer plant will be converted to build Airstream’s motorized touring coaches.
The enhanced Jackson Center facility will support improved product quality, create jobs, enable increased production, and improve experiences for Airstream associates, customers and visitors, according to the company. A state-of-the-art training center in the new factory will provide Airstream and dealer associates with a hands-on shop floor environment for earning certifications, learning new skills, and mastering new production and maintenance techniques. A new Heritage Center will provide exhibits illustrating the company’s 87-year history. Heritage Center plans call for the display of numerous classic and historic Airstream products, including artifacts commemorating the relationship between Airstream and NASA’s space program.
As a result of the expanded capacity, which will be completely powered by renewable energy credits, Airstream expects to hire additional associates, bringing total employment in Jackson Center to around 1,200 people.
“This expansion by Airstream's parent company, Thor Industries, will bring 280 new jobs to the Jackson Center campus, where Airstream will continue to produce recreational vehicles that loyal customers have enjoyed for nearly a century,” says JobsOhio Senior Managing Director for Automotive Kristi Tanner. “Along with the Dayton Development Coalition and our local partners, we are excited that Ohio will continue to play an essential role in Airstream’s growth worldwide.”
“We embrace our rich history even as we move into the future,” says Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “This new facility will give us the room to build and innovate quality products, all while maintaining the hand-made craftsmanship that makes Airstream an American icon.
"The RV industry is enjoying a golden age as a new generation of Americans discover the joys of outdoor adventure with all the comforts of home," says Bob Martin, President and CEO of Airstream's parent company Thor Industries. "The expanded Airstream facility will provide top quality products to these new devotees for years to come.”