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OIA Report Details Outdoor Rec Economy in U.S.

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has released congressional-level Outdoor Recreation Economy reports for all 435 congressional districts. According to a press release, the reports are the first of their kind that capture the power of a vast multi-billion dollar economic engine in our local communities and across the nation. From Alabama’s 1st Congressional District to Wyoming’s At-large District, these reports show that from rural towns to the most densely populated cities,... Read more

Senate Votes to Repeal ‘CFPB’ Finance Guidance

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The U.S. Senate has voted to pass a resolution that preserves the ability of dealers to discount vehicle loans for their customers. This legislation rejects 2013 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) “guidance” that pressures indirect vehicle lenders to make unnecessary changes in the way dealers arrange financing.  The resolution is strongly supported by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), and other industry groups. ... Read more

Zinke Signs Order To ‘Expand Rec Opportunities’

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ordered his agency to expand recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. The Associated Press reported that an order signed Wednesday (April 18) directs the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to develop plans within 90 days that focus on expanding recreational opportunities. The order also directs bureau heads to designate a full-time employee to oversee recreation. Zinke said the order follows through on his... Read more

Progress Hosts Teens to Promote Manufacturing

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250 local teens toured Progress Mfg. production plant Over 200 Utah Valley teens got a firsthand look at American manufacturing at Progress Mfg., supplier of the Equal-i-zer hitch and Fastway Trailer Products. According to a press release, the company was approached by local Boy Scout troops asking for a private tour of the manufacturing area, leading CEO Jed Anderson to open the invitation to any scout or youth group. Anderson wanted kids to learn about career opportunities in... Read more

U.S. Manufacturers Fighting Back Against Tariffs

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Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. ABC News reported that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25% steel tariff and the 10% aluminum tariff. Other companies are weighing their options. Jody Fledderman, CEO of Batesville Tool & Die in Indiana, says American... Read more

LOOK Trailers Opening Production Plant in Texas

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Middlebury, Ind.-based LOOK Trailers recently announced plans to open an additional manufacturing facility in McGregor, Texas, with production scheduled to begin in June of 2018. According to a press release, the 80,000-square-foot production facility will be the sixth manufacturing location for LOOK Trailers, which also has plants in Indiana, Georgia, Utah, Arizona and Pennsylvania. LOOK Trailers will manufacture LOOK, Pace American and Cargo Express enclosed cargo trailers with two production... Read more

Report Ranks Indiana High in Economic Outlook

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An annual report from the Virginia-based American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Indiana’s economic outlook among the best in the country. The Rich States, Poor States index ranks Indiana third on the list, behind only Utah and Idaho. Inside Indiana Business reported that the report ranks states based on 15 variables, such as highest marginal personal income tax rate, property tax burden and worker’s compensation costs. The report focuses on the economic competitiveness... Read more

Protective’s Support for RVDA Passes $10 Million

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Protective Asset Protection’s total support for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has reached more than $10 million since 1992, including backing for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “The consistent support provided to RVDA and the RV Learning Center by Protective shows the company’s commitment to their dealer business partners,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia in a press release. “The XtraRide program has earned RVDA’s exclusive endorsement through excellent... Read more

‘RetailMyRide.com’ Creates Free Online Directory

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RetailMyRide.com, a website dedicated to automotive, RV and motorcycle retail consignment, is offering a free basic online directory listing to all licensed retail dealers that offer professional consignment services. “Our primary mission is to build awareness and promote the growing community of professional automotive retail consignment dealers in the United States,” said co-founder Josh Taylor in a press release.   Taylor reported that the site is optimized for all major search... Read more

The ’18 RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ is Sold Out

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb addresses 2017 Power Breakfast crowd The 2018 RV Industry Power Breakfast is sold out with about 900 people expected to converge early on May 3 at the Northern Indiana Event Center, part of the RV/MH Hall of Fame located on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. The sixth annual breakfast will be anchored this year by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. The catered buffet opens at 6:45 a.m. while the Power Breakfast... Read more

Newmar Rolls Out 2019 Lineup At Dealer Meeting

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Newmar Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut rides “Pistol” into the company’s dealer meeting (Photos by Shawn Spence) Astride a horse named Pistol, Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut helped get Newmar Corp.’s Dealer Meeting underway yesterday (April 17) at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence) With 100% of its dealer base in attendance, both Sammut... Read more

CRVA to Hold Annual General Meeting June 19-21

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The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) announced that it will hold its next Annual General Meeting June 19-21 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. According to a press release, the occasion will mark the very first time in its 42-year history that CRVA will hold a board meeting in the province of Newfoundland. Joining CRVA at their Annual General Meeting will be representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, the Canadian Camping and RV Council... Read more

KPA Webinar to Review Key ‘Housekeeping’ Tips

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KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a free webinar on April 23 from 2– 3 p.m. (EDT) to detail how dealers can reduce slips, trips and falls while keeping a clean and functional workplace. According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute most of general industry accidents and constitute approximately 25% of reported claims. Employees can incur back injuries, strains and sprains, contusions, and fractures resulting from unsafe... Read more

ASA Debuts 160-Watt JENSEN Wall-Mount Stereo

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ASA Electronics announced the launch of its 160-watt JWM90A Bluetooth wall-mount stereo, delivering more than three times the power of a traditional wall-mount unit in a sleek, smooth package. The JWM90A is app ready, allowing users to control all the primary functions of the new stereo with jControl. This free app from JENSEN turns any Android or iOS device into a wireless remote. The high-tech stereo is equipped with three speaker zones and offers dual source... Read more

Ally & Learning Center Offer Forecasting Webinar

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The Ally Academy and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center are teaming up again to present the final webinar in a three-part training series on effective forecasting. The webinar will focus on how to forecast for the service department of an RV dealership and will be broadcast live on April 24 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). “With the uncertainty in the market today, we are dedicated to providing dealers with training that will help them prepare for challenges like managing the flow of service, increasing... Read more

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