'Unprecedented' Growth Drives Jayco Expansion
MIDDLEBURY - Jayco Inc. has announced what it calls a new "mega-facility" planned at its Middlebury campus. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the 237,000 square-foot operation will create approximately 300 jobs. Officials expect to break ground late next month.
The new facility will house two additional Jay Flight travel trailer lines and help boost efficiency for other brands.
Chief Operating Officer Matt Thompson says "we're seeing unprecedented growth in the RV industry. Jayco is actively seeking ways to meet consumer demand within, and outside of, Elkhart County. I couldn't be more excited about the team we've assembled in the last 3 years, which has been the catalyst for this tremendous growth. Our product-focused teams have created renewed energy and excitement by pushing the envelope in creating the hottest floorplans and features that consumers are seeking in all segments of the RV industry."
Jayco was acquired in late 2016 by Elkhart-based Thor Industries (NYSE: THO) for $576 million. Thor is coming off a record third-quarter profit and Jayco has experienced significant growth already this year. Two new operations that opened this year in Middlebury are slated to employ more than 300 additional workers. In February, it launched production at a 128,000 square-foot Jayco's Eagle travel trailer and fifth wheel facility. Another facility of the same size opened this month and is producing luxury fifth wheels.