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 .

Travel Lite RV Receives Local Chamber Award

Mon Mar 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155191426424456.pngThe Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce recently honored Travel Lite RV with its “New Business of the Year” award. Although Travel Lite is not a new business, it opened a new manufacturing plant in the Syracuse Technology Park in late 2018.

Andrea Keller, the chamber’s executive director, says Travel Lite won for its impressive new facility and its positive impact on the local economy.

“They have made a significant investment in our community and we appreciate that,” Keller says.

Travel Lite President Dustin Johns says the award took him by surprise. He credits his entire staff.

“It’s an awesome honor and something I didn’t even know we were in the running for until I got the call,” Johns says.

Johns (pictured left with Jeanetta Slabaugh of award sponsor Crossroads Bank) says the award prompts him to think about how far Travel Lite has come over the last several years. He began with 37 employees and reached 150 last month, with that number growing. He says he’s proud of being able to create good-paying jobs in an industry environment when shipments are down. He also acknowledges awards are mostly about personnel.

“Whenever you try to grow a business, there are lots of challenges and it comes down to your people who will take you where you want to take your company and brand,” Johns says. “We’ve been lucky to find a lot of good ones lately. For any business that is growing so fast, things can be slightly chaotic or uncomfortable, but it is where I like to be. We are always trying to expand our footprint and question what we are doing or what we can do better or what is needed in the industry.”