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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 .

Middlebury, Ind. - Grand Design Recreational Vehicles has announced expansion plans totaling more than $10 million in its infrastructure.

Grand Design RV continues to experience unprecedented growth and is expanding once again. With more than 1,200 employees and production of more than 40,000 units, current expansion plans totaling more than $10 million include the construction of two new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, as well as expansions to current manufacturing plants.

u201cGrand Design RV has been blessed with record breaking retail orders in all GDRV brands," Grand Design President and CEO Don Clark says. "In order to keep up with the growing demand of our products, we need to expand our north and south campuses. The addition of these new facilities, along with planned expansions, will allow us to increase our manufacturing capacity, expand our product offering and create more jobs in Elkhart County and Northern Indiana.  To read more of this story, click here.

The following is an opinion article written by RVAA Board of Directors Members Craig Floyd and Tom Manning for the August Issue of RV News Magazine.

Laying the course for the future is never easy. Strategic planning usually involves change, and just as often, that change is met with resistance. After all, keeping things the same is easier because the status quo is known and is comfortable. Yet sometimes change is needed and is good. The best way to know whether change is right or wrong is to understand the whole picture.

Members of RVAA are being asked to vote to either make a drastic change within the organization or hold on to the way things have been for the last 20 years. Being RVAA board members as well as proponents of such a change, we want to share our thoughts about it with the RV News readership. If the vote is still open when you read this article, perhaps the information we present here will help you decide which way to vote. If the vote is already done, please look at these thoughts and reflect on where we go from here . . . regardless of the voteu2019s outcome. To read more of this story, click here.

DeLand, Fla. - Intellitec Products, LLC has hired Chad Friesner to the newly created position of Regional Sales Manager for the RV, Marine and Specialty Vehicle Markets. Friesner and his family reside in Elkhart County and bring 16 years of OEM sales experience in the RV industry to the Intellitec team.

"Chad's knowledge of the end user needs will provide great value to our OEM customers and our continued product development" Intellitec President Ned Schiff says. "We are launching major new products with our Road Commander control and monitoring system and Command Center control panels for the RV, marine and specialty vehicle markets. It is critical that we have a strong local presence to support our OEM customers with this initiative."

Prior to joining Intellitec, Friesner was a Regional Sales Manager with Keystone and Coachmen RV and a Product Specialist with Fleetwood Motorhomes. He is a graduate of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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