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.

Winegard Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Thu Jul 18, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

156340756366595.jpgFifty years ago, the Winegard Co., a leading provider of satellite antennas for the RV and other industries, not only helped most Americans tune in to watch the Apollo 11 mission to the moon from the living room, the company also notably contributed to the capsule that landed on the moon.

Today, Winegard celebrates the monumental achievement and are proud to be part of NASA's commemoration of the first American lunar landing.

"John Winegard invented the multi-channel TV antenna in his garage in Burlington, Iowa, because he wanted to watch programming being rebroadcast in Chicago," Winegard President and COO Grant Whipple says. "By 1953, he started his company and this small invention led to other radio and TV devices and systems. Soon NASA was contacting Winegard about designing equipment for this mission."

Before Winegard invented an antenna that could tune into multiple channels, Yagi TV antenna owners could only watch one channel. Now 66 years later, Winegard has 90 U.S. patents and has designed more than 1,000 TV, satellite and wireless antennas. The company has grown from designing high-powered television antennas to engineering high-performance wireless and satellite broadband antennas for internet and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

"So many people are surprised Winegard is in Iowa and that so many of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA," Whipple says. "Even our customer support center is located in Burlington. Our Midwest roots are something we are very proud of."