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 .

RVIA Plans Safety Seminar

Thu Mar 28, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155128793944232.pngThe RV Industry Association will host a safety seminar geared towards employee safety in the workplace on April 17. The day-long event, “Creating a Safer Workplace: A Leadership Perspective,” will be held at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., and will provide a scope of workers’ safety in motorhome and travel trailer production facilities.

The seminar will focus on ways to identify and solve safety issues by covering topics such as:

• Safety Performance Impact
• Safety Statistics for the Industry
• Taking the First Step: Understanding Your Own Safety Data
• Elements of a High Performing (and Safe) Organization
• Incident investigation and Root Cause Analysis
• Corrective Action for Hazards: The Control Hierarchy
• Myths and Beliefs about Safety
• Safety and Quality: The Result of Effective Leadership

Bruce Hopkins, RVIA’s vice president of standards, says the topics of this seminar have excellent value for the industry and members who attend.

“The RV industry is currently being harmed by the negative impact of lost time and recordable injury rates,” Hopkins says. “It is appropriate that, as an industry, we do not simply coast on the excellent sales years we have enjoyed recently but recognize that we should be proactively addressing any and all threats to safety, including improving the safety of the work environment of those working in RV plants.”

Ted Schorn, vice president of quality and technology at Enkei America, Inc., will be the presenter. He has authored numerous books and papers, sharing his expertise on workplace safety and leadership training. RVIA says Schorn worked with RVIA in the early 2000s to help trailer manufacturers resolve wheel issues. He also taught quality control measures in a series of workshops for RVIA members.

Hopkins says seminar attendees will gain a clearer grasp of how safety performance is measured and analyzed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.

“This will allow them to set reasonable expectations for their plant managers, safety professionals and other support resources so that an effective feedback loop can be established between operating staff and management on this key business issue,” Hopkins says.