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 .
Wed May 16, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
Barry Eckel has been appointed executive vice president, the Americas, and will lead all facets of Thetford and Norcold’s business in the Americas. He will report directly to Thetford Corporation CEO Stepane Cordeille. Most recently, Eckel served as vice president of sales and marketing.
Mary Pouliot will move into Eckel's former position and has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, the Americas, and will report directly to Eckel. Pouliot most recently served as director of OEM sales and service.
“I’m pleased to promote from within two talented and experienced individuals to fill two important leadership positions,” Cordeille says. “In addition to strong, long-term relationships and a breadth of experience within our companies. Barry and Mary enjoy very close relationships with our customers. These moves firmly entrench our customer-first focus.”
Eckel joined Thetford and Norcold in 2014 following a 24-year career at Meritor, Inc., where he held numerous leadership positions in the automotive aftermarket, powersports, and commercial vehicle sectors. He last served as senior director, global OEM sales before moving to Thetford.
“Barry has demonstrated strong leadership in every position that he’s held throughout his career,” Cordeille said. “I look forward to him continuing to provide that great leadership throughout our entire organization.”
Originally a consultant to Thetford, Pouliot officially joined the company as director of customer service in 2006 and was promoted to director of OEM sales and service in 2015. Mary is actively involved on the MARVAC Board of Directors and is an RV Industry Association-leading advocate for technician training and education.
“We are all excited about Mary’s new role,” Cordeille says. “Her time in customer-focused positions within our organization and long-time leadership roles in the industry will serve our customers well – both now and in the future.”
About Thetford Corporation
Thetford Corporation is a privately-held, global company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with manufacturing facilities and operations worldwide as a supplier in sanitation, refrigeration and cooking products for the RV and marine industries.
Thetford subsidiaries include Norcold, America's leading manufacturer of gas-absorption and AC/DC refrigerator/freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets; Nova Kool, a Canada-based leading supplier of a AC/DC and DC refrigerators and freezers; Tecma, an Italy-based maker of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems; and B&B Molders, an Indiana-based supplier of high-quality, custom plastic-injected molded products to the RV industry and industrial markets.