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 .

KZ RV Hires Quality Control Managers Pantoja and Henson

Tue Sep 4, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

153607799526104.pngKZ RV has added two quality control (QC) professionals to its management team, as part of a strategic effort to ensure quality throughout the process, from production through PDI.

"KZ has always been about quality, but what’s new is this two-pronged approach," says Delbert Miller, vice president of corporate. "We are combining intensive workforce training with an investment in the best testing equipment and technology available."

Sylvia Pantoja, QC manager, comes to KZ with 29 years of experience in all areas of RV manufacturing, as well as accredited management training. She manages multiple production QC teams, in addition to all the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) processes. Under Pantoja’s direction, production employees will get rigorous training on RVIA standards, quality systems and testing. The QC mindset is further reinforced with poster-sized quick-reference guidelines prominently displayed at all test stations.

Terry Henson, QC manager, joins KZ with 35 years of management experience in the RV industry, and holds a business administration degree, with an emphasis on production and quality management. He specializes in quality testing equipment and systems and administers all standards protocols company-wide. Henson has overseen the implementation of state-of-the-art quality testing equipment across the entire KZ/Venture campus.

"Sylvia and Terry are both very dedicated and capable hands-on professionals, and we are fortunate to have them on board," said Miller. "As a team, we’re taking KZ’s culture of quality to the next level, in a deliberate and sustainable way. KZ is 100 percent invested in results, because we take personal ownership of our product. We are determined to provide the best value out there. That’s why KZ’s retail and dealer satisfaction index (DSI) ratings are among the highest in the industry."