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 .

King to Step Down as Northwood COO

Fri Nov 30, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

154351215735788.jpgLa Grande, Ore.-based RV manufacturers, Northwood Mfg. and Outdoors RV (ORV) announces retirement of its COO, RV industry veteran Ward King. King winds up his almost 49-year career as the COO of Northwood Investments, the parent company of both Northwood and ORV. As COO for the past eight years, King oversaw the production facilities and daily operations at both the Northwood and ORV manufacturing complexes. Ward had a critical role in guiding both companies in the aftermath of the 2008 recession.

King began his career with a 31-year run at Fleetwood starting in 1970. King’s attention to detail and insightful decision-making abilities allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks, holding many high-level positions on both the plant and corporate level. In 2001, King took over the role of director of manufacturing at Northwood, where he served in that role until becoming COO of Northwood Investments in 2010.

“Ward is and always has been a tremendous asset to both companies,” say Ron and Sherry Nash, owners of both Northwood Mfg. and ORV. “Not only will we miss his tremendous experience and incredible eye…for what a highly functional, quality RV can and should be, but even more importantly we will miss a great friend to us all and a genuinely good person. We wish him all the best in retirement.”