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 .

Lippert Names Menefee VP of Operations

Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154713765882113.jpgLippert Components Inc. (LCI) announces Jim Menefee has been promoted to the role of vice president of operations. Previously, Menefee was regional operations manager for LCI.

Menefee was hired by LCI in 2016 as regional operations manager, where he used his years of operational experience within the fields of electronics, refrigeration and awnings to help further the company’s operational goals. Over the last few years, Menefee has worked closely with LCI’s European caravan divisions, and assisted with operations for Sessa Klein, an LCI company, by helping set up a rolling stock train window division in Springfield, Tenn.

“Over the past few years, Jim has demonstrated great leadership abilities through his management of the team members and divisions he’s overseen,” LCI Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Ryan Smith says. “His dedication and vision to our Italian operations has helped unite and expand our overseas footprint. Jim brings an extensive amount of operational expertise to our company, and I’m excited to see him take LCI to the next level.”

“I’m very excited to take on this new role and to continue our growth strategies both locally and overseas,” Menefee says. “LCI has taken steps to merge three of its Italy-based European caravan businesses under one centralized leadership team. Additionally, the company has purchased another facility in Italy and strives to continue to increase operational efficiencies as we grow.”