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 .

Zamp Solar Acquired by Texas Company

Wed Feb 28, 2018

151985138956538.pngZamp Solar’s continuing growth may have gotten a shot in the arm by its recent acquisition by PulseTech Products Corp. of Southlake, Texas, according to a story in the Bulletin, a central Oregon publication.

PulseTech will keep Zamp’s administration, engineering and assembly operations in Bend, Oregon, while bringing an infusion of capital to help Zamp keep up with runaway growth and enter new markets, General Manager Conor Miller says in the article. Zamp makes solar-panel modules and battery-charging kits for off-grid uses, primarily recreational vehicles. But there is potential for growth in agricultural and industrial uses, and that’s where PulseTech comes in.

The Texas company has proprietary charging technology that extends the life of 12-volt and 24-volt batteries by preventing corrosion. ­PulseTech devices are sold to a variety of industries, including the U.S. military. The fact that Zamp Solar is one of the only companies making solar panels for off-grid uses in the United States made it a very attractive acquisition, PulseTech founder Pete Smith says. “We think we can use that to penetrate markets we wouldn’t otherwise.”

The acquisition for an undisclosed amount closed on Feb. 3. The companies will continue to operate separately while working to combine their technologies into a new product line, Miller says. He declined to discuss Zamp Solar’s revenue, but he said the employee headcount has grown from 15 two years ago to 35 last year to 53 this year.