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 .

Thor Motor Coach Partners with Alternative High School

Wed Mar 14, 2018
Author: RV News staff

151604927417466.pngSchool is in session at the Thor Motor Coach plant in Wakarusa, Indiana.

The plant is home to an on-site alternative secondary school, The Crossing, where high school students receive job training in the form of building real RV products under the tutelage of a Thor mentor, according to a story published Wednesday by The Goshen News.

“These kids are learning how to work hard. My job is to teach them so I can walk away and give them their own leadership,” Shannon Cooper, job training instructor for The Crossing alternative school, told the paper, adding that thanks to the unique workplace/education partnership between the school and Thor, he thinks his students will graduate ahead of any other traditional high school students.

James DeMorrow, assistant vice president of Thor Motor Coach, told the paper he appreciates the learning environment of the shared education and work space. “I always say, if you want to change the manufacturing environment, build a school in it.”