2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

The new RVs Move America Economic Impact Study, released June 3, 2019 at the annual meeting of RVIA, revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supporting nearly 600,000 jobs, contributing more than $32 billion in wages, and paying more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

Spartan Motors Hires New COO

Mon Jun 17, 2019
Author: RV News

156044319073605.jpgSpartan Motors today announced Todd A. Heavin as its new chief operating officer.

With more than three decades of executive and operational leadership experience, Heavin brings extensive knowledge of running lean manufacturing systems, according to a company news release. He’s led multiple mergers and acquisitions, integrating large and small companies and making them more efficient.

As Spartan’s COO, Heavin will oversee the company’s manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, supply chain management, project management, and environmental health and safety teams.

"Todd is a seasoned and trusted operational leader who consistently delivers results," Spartan Motors President and Chief Executive Officer Daryl Adams said. "I have tremendous confidence in his ability to further align our team to drive the business forward with purpose as we pursue the next generation of market leadership for Spartan."

Heavin said Spartan is at a unique point in its growth where the right strategies and focusing on efficient manufacturing can yield immediate and significant returns.

"I look forward to joining the Spartan team and fine tuning the operational machine that will take optimization to the next level. Spartan is far from the end of driving efficiencies in the business,” Heavin said. “The time is right to advance the business environment with emphasis on the operational metrics that will both foster organic growth and make inorganic expansion a more seamless experience for the organization and our customers alike. I'm excited to get started."

Heavin most recently led the casting division for American Axle & Manufacturing, where he implemented lean manufacturing processes while ensuring safety, quality, delivery and financial performance, according to a news release from Spartan. During his 9 years as the division's senior vice president and COO, the company received numerous accolades.

Heavin has also worked in leadership roles at Formtech, Intermet Corporation, aDelphi Automotive and United Technologies.