ELKHART, Ind. (April 27, 2012) - Governor Mitch Daniels met with recreational vehicle company executives today to discuss the status of Indiana's RV industry at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.
"Indiana's market share has climbed from the mid-60s just a few years ago to 83 percent today. Five of every six RVs in the nation are built here in Indiana," said Daniels. "There's only one reason for that, we have the best companies, the best business and we believe the best business environment."
Joining Daniels were representatives from a variety of Indiana's RV companies, including Dometic, Fleetwood RV, Forest River, Jayco, Livin' Lite RV, Lippert Components and Thor Industries, Inc.
"Indiana's business climate has given the RV industry the chance to rebound," said Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council. "With Hoosier RV manufacturers leading the pack, we forsee continued growth in the years ahead."
RV production in the Hoosier State continues to come back since the national economic recession. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, the RV industry produced 252,400 units nationally in 2011, a 4.1 percent increase from the year before. More than 83 percent of all American-made RVs are produced in Indiana.
Photo: From left to right, Doug Whyte, president-Americas, Dometic Corp.; Governor Mitch Daniels; and Jason Lippert, chairman and chief executive officer, Lippert Components, Inc.