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By: On: Friday July 8 2016

Jayco Logo

Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) today announced the acquisition of Jayco, Corp. (Jayco) for approximately $576 million in cash.  This transaction represents a unique and significant opportunity to enhance the growth of Thor and advance the Company’s strategic focus on growing its recreational vehicle (RV) business.  In particular, Jayco brings complementary products in travel trailers, folding camping trailers, higher-end diesel Class A motorhomes and larger Class C motorhomes.  Jayco will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor, and the existing senior management team will continue to lead the business.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jayco to the Thor portfolio of companies,” said Bob Martin, Thor President and CEO.  “Jayco is a company that I have admired for more than 20 years while working in the industry and living in the community very close to their operations.  We value the longstanding success of Jayco and are committed to providing the Bontrager family, and their team of dedicated employees, the resources they need to continue the success they have built at Jayco over the past half century.  This investment also illustrates our confidence in the future of the RV industry as younger consumers enter and expand the market over the coming decades.  Both existing and new RVers will see the benefits of our subsidiaries’ efforts as they lead in innovation with new technology and features in our products that make RVs easier to use and better connected.”

By: On: Thursday May 19 2016

Jayco Milestone

(Press Release) Jayco Corp., the world’s largest privately-held recreation vehicle manufacturer owned by the Bontrager family, announced that in April its four divisions, Jayco, Entegra Coach, Starcraft RV and Highland Ridge, produced its 1,000,000th unit since the company began in 1968.

“We are very proud of our accomplishment of providing 1,000,000 families a means to fulfill their dream of owning an RV. It feels good to be able to accomplish, at such a high volume, what our father and mother set out to do nearly 50 years ago” said Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco’s chairman of the board. “But we’d be amiss if we didn’t recognize the great support we’ve had over the years from our dedicated employees, loyal dealer body, and the RV industry as a whole.”

By: On: Thursday May 12 2016

Jayco Octane

Jayco, Inc., in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is recalling certain model year 2016 Octane Super Lite travel trailers manufactured November 2, 2015, to April 4, 2016.

According to the recall notice, the trailers were built without a 30amp circuit breaker. In the event of an electrical short, this may result in a fire.

By: On: Monday June 11 2012

Jayco Seismic Toy Hauler ProfileJayco has begun production of its all-new 2013 Seismic toy hauler. According to Jayco, the Seismic offers everything you’d expect in a traditional fifth wheel, but with a spacious garage.

“We recognize the market for sport utility trailers is more sophisticated today than ever before,” says Sid Johnson, director of marketing for Jayco. “Consumers want more than a garage attached to a sleeping area. Our goal is to provide a fifth wheel which offers top-level amenities yet still provides room enough to carry whatever toys a family might want to bring along.”

Jayco Seismic Toy Hauler GarageSeismic’s garage can convert into a bunkroom, patio deck or dining space. In addition to hauling ATVs and motorcycles thanks to in-floor mounted D-rings, Jayco says families can also pack bicycles, games, canoes and other traditional outdoor gear. The garage can also be converted into workspace for crafters who sell their wares or dog show owners who need a grooming station.

By: On: Monday September 26 2011

Jayco, Inc. has announced that it has launched a long-term Sustainability Initiative designed to insure minimal negative impact by its products and processes on human health and the environment. As part of the initiative, the company has set a number of ambitious strategic goals to be met over the next five years.

“At Jayco, sustainability means meeting our current manufacturing and resource needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet theirs,” says Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco’s chairman of the board and CEO. “We build products that allow our customers to enjoy the outdoors and the environment. Therefore it makes sense that we should strive to be a good corporate citizen and a good steward of the environment.

“Our first goal is the most robust of all – that is our pledge to be landfill free by the year 2015,” says Bontrager. “This means that in four years, all waste that is currently generated in the manufacturing process or office workspaces will either be eliminated or recycled and no longer sent to the landfill.”

By: On: Thursday May 6 2010

starcraft0506In a move brought on by improved economic conditions, the Starcraft RV division of Jayco, Inc. has resumed production in its Topeka, Ind. plant.

The Starcraft facility had previously been closed and production of Starcraft products had been consolidated into Jayco’s Middlebury, Ind. complex as part of Jayco’s efforts to trim costs and reduce production capacity.

“When we consolidated the Starcraft operations into Jayco’s Middlebury campus, we indicated that our goal would be to reinstate the operations in Topeka as soon as market conditions would allow,” says Jim Jacobs, Starcraft RV general manager. “We believe that time is now. The year has started off on a pace well ahead of last year both in shipping and in retail sales activity. We continue to be optimistic that 2010 will be a much improved year for our industry.”

By: On: Monday April 26 2010

jayco-lg0426Jayco, Inc. has announced that all of its products, including brands produced by Jayco, Starcraft RV and Entegra Coach, have been “green certified” by TRA Certification, Inc., an internationally accredited certification organization.

This makes Jayco the first major RV manufacturer to be 100 percent green certified and fully-recognized for building products with green manufacturing processes and materials.

There are four levels of TRA’s green rating for RV manufacturers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald. The majority of Jayco, Starcraft and Entegra Coach products achieved Emerald ratings in three out of five categories (water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation and maintenances) and Gold ratings in the other two categories (resource efficiency and energy efficiency).

By: On: Wednesday March 3 2010

starcraft0303In a sign that the RV industry is beginning to rebound, Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco, Inc., announced that it will reopen its Topeka, Indiana manufacturing facilities in May.

The Starcraft RV plant has been closed since January, 2009 as part of the Jayco corporate efforts to trim costs and reduce production capacity. As you’d expect, this was done as a result of the stumbling economy.

According to Starcraft RV, production of Starcraft Autumn Ridge travel trailers will initially move from its Middlebury, Indiana complex, creating 50 jobs at the Topeka facility later this year. Over time, company officials anticipate that production of most, if not all, Starcraft RV product lines will be relocated back to the Topeka plants.

By: On: Tuesday February 23 2010

jayco-lg0223Jayco, Inc. today announced changes in its senior management team. David Turner has been named director of corporate services and chief product engineer and Mark Fortney has been appointed general manager of the company’s JET transport division.

Turner has nearly 20 years experience in the RV industry. He joined Jayco in 2004 as chief corporate engineer. Prior to joining Jayco he was chief design engineer for Fleetwood Folding Trailers and had served in various engineering roles for Fruehauf Corporation and the Army Corps of Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with degrees in Civil Engineering and Structural Analysis. As director of corporate services, he replaces Marc West, who was recently promoted to Vice President, Customer Service.

Fortney joins Jayco after a twenty year career in finance, planning and operations management with Onan Corporation and FMC Corporation. Most recently, he served as general manager of the Elkhart, IN operation of Onan Corporation. He is a graduate of Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN with a BA degree in Accounting and Finance.




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