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 Mar 12, 2018
The Elkhart County Council will consider economic incentives for an $8.6 million expansion by Winnebago during a special meeting today, according to a story in the Elkhart Truth.
"The company filed an application with the county in December for an economic revitalization area designation for its Middlebury (Indiana) facility, the first step in a proposed property tax phase-in of 10 years for real estate and seven years for new manufacturing equipment," the paper states. "Winnebago is considering a $7.4 million investment in land just east of its C.R. 14 facility and $1.2 million in new equipment."
The expansion will pave the way for 225 new employees, the retention of another 290 jobs and an annual payroll of more than $16.8 million, according to the story.
There is the prospective of a larger project to build a regional headquarters and multiple facilities in Elkhart County in the future, but plans right now are limited to the one manufacturing plant, Mark Dobson, head of the Elkhart County Economic Development Corp., told council in January. He said the company also would pay for a sewer line extension to the site.