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 .

Flexsteel Appoints Dittmer President and CEO

Fri Dec 21, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

154540887843788.pngFlexsteel Industries Inc., a supplier of upholstered and wooden furniture products for the RV and other industries, names Jerald (Jerry) K. Dittmer as president and CEO effective December 28. Dittmer will also be appointed to the board of directors on the same date.

Dittmer comes to Flexsteel with more than 25 years of experience in the furniture industry including leadership positions with HNI Corporation and its subsidiaries. Most recently he served as president of the Hon Company, a large office furniture designer and manufacturer. Appointed president of Hon in 2008, Dittmer successfully positioned the $1+ billion business to weather the recession and grew earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and gross margins to greater than pre-recession levels by realigning the manufacturing footprint and transforming go-to-market capabilities resulting in significant profitable sales growth in a three-year period.

“After conducting a thorough search and interviewing many qualified candidates, Jerry Dittmer was the clear and unanimous choice of our board of directors to become the eighth corporate president in Flexsteel’s 125-year history,” Flexsteel Chairman Thomas M. Levine says. “Jerry’s industry knowledge and operational leadership at one of the largest and most successful U.S. furniture companies will uniquely position our company for enhanced growth, performance and shareholder value creation while maintaining the culture that has been the hallmark of Flexsteel since its inception.”

“I am honored to join an organization that has a long history of product innovation and customer service,” Dittmer says. “I am excited about the prospects for growth within the furniture industry and am confident that Flexsteel is well positioned for continued growth and shareholder value by exceeding our customer’s expectations with a quality product.”