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Jayco, Inc.’s board of directors today (Aug. 27) announced that it has approved plans to expand its manufacturing facilities to the western United States. The privately held company, which currently operates about 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space at its Middlebury, Ind., complex, is looking for a 150,000 to 200,000 square-foot facility to manufacture travel trailers and fifth wheels.
Several locations reportedly are under “active consideration.”
In making the announcement, Derald L. Bontrager, president and CEO, said Jayco plans to begin operation in the West as early as the first quarter of 2005. “We are evaluating several locations in three western states and we hope to make a final site decision by mid-September,” he said.
Jayco’s market share growth, coupled with a record order backlog, “has placed a significant amount of pressure on our ability to provide RVs to our customers on a timely basis,” Bontrager stated. “For the past several months, our new order intake has outpaced our manufacturing capacity. The new western operating facility will allow us to increase our production to meet market demand and, at the same time, improve our already growing market share in the western United States.”
According to Bontrager, the planned western expansion is part of the company’s overall strategy of moving manufacturing facilities closer to the marketplace.
“For the past two years, we have consolidated our Indiana production facilities into our principal complex in Middlebury,” he added. “This was the first step in our strategic expansion process. The dramatic increase in retail demand for our products and our commitment to market share growth now make it necessary for us to proceed with the second phase of our long-term growth strategy.”
Jayco, Inc., one of the nation’s largest RV builders of recreational vehicles, makes and markets folding camping trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers and Class C motorhomes under the Eagle, Designer, Jay Series, Jay Feather, Jay Flight, Talon, Escapade, Greyhawk, Granite Ridge and Seneca brand names.