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 .

Exclusive: Hopkins Opens Large Distribution Hub in KC

Wed Sep 12, 2018
Author: Erika Deakin

153513832919897.pngHopkins Manufacturing Corp. recently opened a 400,000 square-foot distribution hub in Kansas City, adjacent to the Burlington-Northern intermodal facility.

The expansion will enable the company, which is a major supplier to the RV industry, to grow its workforce and serve its customers in an efficient way, says President and CEO Brad Kraft.

“Our analysis showed that this was an optimal place for distribution,” Kraft said. “It’s located right outside of Kansas City, which is centrally located in the country to effectively reach all our customers, and next to the Burlington-Northern intermodal facility. The central location helps accommodate our growth and supports our future growth as well.”

Kraft said the company closed on the building in June and started shipments in July. As of mid-September, it’s at about 20 percent capacity, giving the hub ample opportunity for growth.

The company is using the Kansas City center to grow, and to consolidate operations from Los Angeles and Des Moines. The Los Angeles facility closed at the end of August. The Des Moines location is scheduled to close at the end of October.

“This allows us to have more of our products in one place. It’s a simplified ordering process for our customers and an efficient way for us to deliver our products,” Kraft said.

The company’s line for RVs includes the BrakeBuddy, nVision, towing and safety products, RV cleaning supplies and more.

“We have innovative products to make sure the RV user has a better experience,” Kraft said.

Hopkins Manufacturing was founded in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas. It has manufacturing and distribution centers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Canada and Mexico.

Kraft says the company is growing both through strategic acquisitions, and organically. The expansion of Hopkins parallels the growth of the RV market as a whole, Kraft says.

“I’m very bullish on the RV marketplace,” Kraft said. “It has been setting records for growth this year, and is projected to keep its robust growth next year as well.”