Elkhart County is outpacing the gross domestic product nationally. A recent study shows that the outdoor recreation industry ranks 15th in the nation for GDP and a lot of that — the majority, actually — comes from the recreation vehicle industry.
Frank Hugelmeyer, president of RV Industry Association (RVIA), said, “We’re obviously in a record period of growth and we’re driving not only the local Elkhart community but we’re driving … we’re outpacing the GDP across the country. We’re so important when it comes to outdoor recreation as a whole, we’re the major driver of that as an economics sector. And isn’t that wonderful that we’re in the hub of Elkhart and that we have such a big impact not only in this community but across the entire nation?”
That impact is what brought national officials to the sixth annual RV Industry Power Breakfast Thursday (May 3) morning at the Northern Indiana Event Center.
That’s why the Made in America Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee was formed. Sitting on that committee is Matt Miller, president of Newmar Corp. in Nappanee.
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