The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association are hosting a manufacturing roundtable today with U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.
Walorski is visiting Elkhart, Ind., to showcase the RV and recreational boating manufacturing industries in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District and their impact on the local community and state and the national manufacturing economy.
The roundtable will take place at the Lexington Engineering Center, which is at 2505 Banks Court behind Dynamax Corp. — a part of Forest River Inc., maker of pontoons and RVs and an NMMA and RVIA member — and Forest River Marine off County Road 6 in Elkhart.
“Champions like congresswoman Walorski, who recognize the importance of domestic manufacturing, help to ensure that businesses have the ability to invest in local communities like Elkhart, provide thousands of jobs, boost the economy and produce innovative products in outdoor recreation for all Americans to enjoy,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.
“We look forward to welcoming the congresswoman to Elkhart and showcasing one of boating’s strongest manufacturing regions in the U.S. and one of our nation’s uniquely American-made industries.”
“Since the end of the Great Recession, the RV industry and Elkhart, Indiana, have come roaring back, with RV shipments up more than 125 percent since the market bottomed in 2009,” RVIA president Frank Hugelmeyer said.
“As a longtime friend and advocate of the RV industry, congresswoman Walorski has a deep appreciation for the outdoor recreation industry, the important role it plays in the larger national economy and how it has helped drive an economic rejuvenation in Elkhart.”
The NMMA said that in Indiana’s 2nd District alone, recreational boating supports 1,700 jobs across 76 businesses and contributes $321 million to the district’s economy annually. Recreational boating in Indiana has created nearly 12,000 jobs across 430 businesses statewide and contributes $2.3 billion to the local economy annually.
The NMMA said Indiana is the capital of RV manufacturing; 80 percent of RVs are built in the state. The RV industry contributes a direct economic statewide output of $6.8 billion through the work of 481 businesses employing more than 22,400 people.
The NMMA said the bulk of that economic impact is generated by RV-related businesses in the 2nd District, home to 157 companies employing more than 14,200 workers and generating a total economic impact of $4.6 billion.