South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap
by Kevin Allen
Here’s a look at what Michiana’s members of Congress did during the past week.
… U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, joined manufacturers for a round-table discussion hosted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association at Lexington Engineering Center in Elkhart.
The discussion was titled “Indiana Manufactures Outdoor Recreation for America.”
RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer said RV shipments are up more than 125 percent since the market bottomed out in 2009 during the Great Recession. Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District — which Walorski represents — is home to 157 RV-related businesses that employ more than 14,200 people and generate $4.6 billion in annual economic impact, according to the RVIA.
“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,” Hugelmeyer said.
Recreational boating supports 1,700 jobs across 76 businesses and contributes $321 million to the economy each year in Indiana’s 2nd District, according to the NMMA.
“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 press release.
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