SOURCE: Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World & Good Sam

February 02, 2015 14:51 ET

Camping World & Good Sam Raises Its Minimum Wage More Than 65% Over National Rate for Employees Across the Country

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 2, 2015) - Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners organization, announced today that it will increase the minimum wage in all existing U.S. stores and divisions, beginning March 1st, 2015. The minimum hourly rate will be raised to $12.25 for its nearly 7,000 associates; including part-time and seasonal associates.

"The culture and health of our company is measured by one thing for me, our people," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. "The ability to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to our company is at the center of that. I value, respect and believe in our team members as they are vital to our success and it is for those reasons I continue to look for ways to reward their contributions."

The company's new employee minimum wage at $12.25 is more than 65% above the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour and has not been raised since 2009.

Lemonis continued, "This change is long overdue and I take the personal responsibility to advance these issues very seriously. This company will continue to think more proactively on ways to advance our people. This wage issue is a challenge facing businesses across this country from the biggest to the smallest. I am well aware of the challenge this puts on the financial statements of those businesses but I am more keenly aware of the positive impact this type of change can ultimately have on the overall business which ultimately affects the financial strength and performance. A more stable and consistent workforce will result in improved efficiency, better customer experience, higher standards of performance and slow down revolving doors." 

About Camping World & Good Sam
Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America's #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping at as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure. Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

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