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 .

Airstream Getting Greener

Fri Mar 22, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155327120278881.pngAirstream, Inc. says its Jackson Center, Ohio, corporate office and manufacturing center is now 100-percent powered by renewable energy credits. The manufacturer says that that its new 750,000-square-foot facility opening in the next 12 months will also carry the same green energy commitment and be powered completely by renewable energy credits.

“Our work at Airstream is inextricably linked to the outdoors, so we are continuously exploring ways to do more with less,” Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler says. “Powering our operations through renewable energy credits purchased here in Ohio is a net win for our community and our customers.”

Airstream is participating in Jackson Center Municipal Power’s EcoSmart Choice program. The program allows participants to purchase renewable energy certificates from wind, hydroelectric, or landfill gas projects offered through American Municipal Power, Inc.

By using renewable energy certificates to power Airstream’s facilities in 2018, the company was able to offset 4,220 metric tons of CO2. According to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is equivalent to:

Greenhouse gases from:
• 896 passenger vehicles driven for one year; or
• 10,318,735 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle

Or CO2 emissions from:
• 474,892 gallons of gasoline consumed; or
• 414,574 gallons of diesel consumed; or
• 4,613,810 pounds of coal burned

“As Airstream grows, we’re thrilled they’ll continue to be 100-percent powered by renewable energy credits through the EcoSmart Choice program,” says Bruce Metz, Jackson Center’s Village Administrator who manages the utility. “It’s especially noteworthy that a business like Airstream is participating in this program. It shows the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and demonstrates real leadership in the manufacturing industry.”

Airstream has also made numerous “green” upgrades to existing facilities to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. The Jackson Center campus exclusively uses T5 [smaller, high-efficiency lighting] and LED lighting along with high-efficiency motors during the handcrafted production of its RVs.

“Getting outside and enjoying the outdoors is at the heart of Airstream’s mission, and the environment is so important to the people who use our products,” Airstream’s Senior Vice President of Operations Mark Wahl says. “As new generations look to explore the world around them, it only makes sense to do everything we can to conserve resources for future Airstreamers.”