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 Industries Spearheads LEAP Program

Wed Sep 5, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

151925313685764.pngThor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) is partnering with local schools to educate students on the RV industry in Elkhart County, the RV Capital of the World, and equip students for future RV manufacturing employment opportunities. The Thor Industries LEAP (Learn, Engage, Achieve, Perform) program, an educational initiative founded in 2017 and designed to capture students’ interest in the RV industry, kicks off its second year with a visit to North Wood Middle School in the Wa-Nee Community Schools District.

“The LEAP program is all about investing in our community’s future,” said Bob Martin, Thor Industries president and CEO. “It seeks to generate a genuine interest in and appreciation of our industry, provide tangible job skills, connect students with potential career opportunities and allow them to experience the adventure and fun RVs can bring.”

The program also helps local school districts meet Indiana’s educational requirements of applied learning and real-world experience. The three curriculum levels, fifth grade, eighth grade and high school, provide students with a differentiated educational experience to meet their varying needs. In addition to touring RVs and trailers, fifth grade students are introduced to the RV industry and learn about Thor Industries’ role in its community, while eighth grade students are assigned projects and problem-solving activities and receive an initial look into RV-related career pathways. High school students experience another level of career development as they are equipped for potential employment in the RV industry through in-depth training and internship opportunities.

This fall, 18 Elkhart County schools are confirmed to participate in the LEAP program, and more are expected for the spring semester.

“Our goal is for 5,000 students to engage in this hands-on experience during this school year alone,” said Rick Schutt, Thor Industries Director of Community Engagement. “It was encouraging to see local school districts respond so positively to the program in its first year, and we’re confident growing these local partnerships will continue to strengthen Thor’s relationship with the greater Elkhart community.