Jayco Chairman to Retire

Posted: Updated:
Wilbur Bontrager Wilbur Bontrager

The chairman of the Middlebury-based Jayco board of directors has announced plans to retire. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says Wilbur Bontrager, who has been involved with the company since its inception, will step down from full-time duty at the end of the year.

Bontrager will partner with Jayco on a part-time basis. His parents, Lloyd and Bertha, started the company in 1968 and Bontrager officially joined the company in 1971. He was named executive vice president in 1985 and was elected chairman of the board in 1993.

His brother, Derald Bontrager, will continue the family tradition as president and CEO of Jayco, a role he has held since 2013.

"It has been a privilege to serve Jayco Inc. since 1971, during which time the company has grown significantly, all the while producing high quality RV products for families all over the world," Wilbur Bontrager said in a news release. "I want to thank each of our nearly 4,000 employees for their support and ongoing commitment to Jayco. I know the company will continue to be in good hands with my brother, Derald, at the helm."

Bontrager served on the board of directors for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association from 1994 to 2002, with two of those years spent as chairman. He was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame in 2008.

  • Perspectives

    • Circling Back on WeWork

      Back in July when we first discussed WeWork, this fast-growing but money-losing venture was one of the most talked-about IPOs in years. At that time, we noted that it was too early to say what would happen, but “it should be very interesting to watch it all play out.” Turns out, that was a massive understatement!

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Artist rendering of proposed headquarters for Ruoff Home Mortgage in Fort Wayne.

      Ruoff to Build New HQ in Downtown Fort Wayne

      Fort Wayne-based Ruoff Home Mortgage has announced plans to build a $43 million corporate headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. Plans call for a 110-thousand square foot, nine-story structure, at the corner of Ewing Street and Jefferson Boulevard. The building would include leasable office and retail space, as well as a parking garage. It would overlook Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps minor league baseball team. The company is currently located on...

    • (IIB Photo/Alex Brown)

      India Wants to Partner with Indiana on Sports

      Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says a recent trade trip to India included a rare meeting that produced some interesting results.  Schellinger and Governor Eric Holcomb were granted an audience with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  “We were taken aback at how well he knew Indiana,” said Schellinger. “He knew our (economic) background, our educational background, our history of sports statewide,” said Schellinger, who added...

    • Photo courtesy of MutualBank

      MutualBank President Dies

      The President and Chief Operating Officer of Muncie-based MutalBank Pat Botts has died. In a statement on Facebook posted Sunday, the company said the passing was unexpected.

    • (stock image courtesy of Pixabay/Gerd Altmann)

      Hoosier Banks Rated for Work Environment

      Three Indiana banks have been judged as Best Banks to Work for in the U.S. by American Banker. The publication compiled a list of the top 85 banks in the country having a good work environment and strong, engaging leadership. 

    • The company also owns a building leased by Ulta in IN. Photo courtesy of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp.

      Greenwood Amazon Building Gets New Owner

      New Jersey-based Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. (NYSE: MNR) is acquiring a property in Greenwood.  The company says it is purchasing the nearly 616,000-square-foot industrial building for $81.5 million and will lease the space in a 15-year agreement to Amazon.com Services Inc.