Jayco Hits Milestone

Posted: Updated:
MIDDLEBURY -

Middlebury-based Jayco Corp. has reached a major milestone. The recreational vehicle manufacturer has produced its one millionth RV since the company was founded nearly 50 years ago. 

Jayco was formed by Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager in 1968 and produced 138 camping trailers in its first year. More than half of the one million RVs the company has built were produced within the last 15 years.

"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."

Jayco President and Chief Executive Officer Derald Bontrager said the time is right for the RV industry. He says the company's process of building one RV at a time for one customer at a time will not change and the company has no plans of slowing down.

  • Perspectives

    • Indiana's Rural Digital Divide is Real, But There Are Solutions

      While the digital divide may be shrinking in the United States, it is getting wider in our nation’s rural communities, and this is costing these communities $47 billion a year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Amazon. With a rural population of roughly 22 percent, Indiana has reason to be concerned. The digital divide—a gap in access to information and communications technology— was generally seen as shrinking in recent years with the...

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (rendering courtesy of Indy Eleven)

      Lawmakers Pass Bill For New Soccer Stadium

      A bill that helps provide funding for a new soccer stadium in Indianapolis is heading to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk. Senate Bill 7 creates a professional sports development area, which would capture taxes to help fund the facility. The stadium would serve as the home of the Indy Eleven soccer team and is part of the proposed $550 million Eleven Park project, first announced in January. The bill also approves funding for upgrades to Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the...

    • (L to R) Liverpool Football Club Managing Director/Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan, LFC Legend Phil Babb, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick.

      Notre Dame Stadium To Host Liverpool Football Club

      Notre Dame Stadium will this summer host the Liverpool Football Club as part of the English soccer team’s pre-season preparations. The team is also slated to play at Fenway Park in Boston and Yankee Stadium in New York City.

    • Picture Courtesy: National Rifle Association

      Indy Ready For NRA's Return

      The National Rifle Association returns to Indianapolis for its annual convention Thursday. Visit Indy Senior Vice President Chris Gahl says, while the event is polarizing, it is also very high-profile, with both President Trump and Vice President Pence set to speak. The convention is expected to bring in 75,000 people and generate a $35 million economic impact. Gahl says the event is on the books to return to Indianapolis in 2023. The 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits...

    • Indiana's Rural Digital Divide is Real, But There Are Solutions

      While the digital divide may be shrinking in the United States, it is getting wider in our nation’s rural communities, and this is costing these communities $47 billion a year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Amazon. With a rural population of roughly 22 percent, Indiana has reason to be concerned. The digital divide—a gap in access to information and communications technology— was generally seen as shrinking in recent years with the...

    • (Image courtesy of Amazon.com Inc.)

      Amazon Planning South Bend Facility

      Amazon Logistics has announced plans for its third Indiana delivery center. The company says the facility in South Bend will power its last-mile delivery capabilities in the region with the help of small businesses and independent contractors.