Jayco Inc. has increased its output 40% so far this year over the first part of 2003 by concentrating on its “core businesses,” towable RVs and Class C motorhomes, according to Derald Bontrager, president and COO.
Although Jayco, a company owned by the Bontrager family, has sold two motorhome assembly plants this year to competitor Coachmen Industries Inc., it has been able to build more units by consolidating production in its most efficient plants on the south side of Middlebury, Ind., Bontrager said.
The two factories Jayco sold are located about five miles north of Middlebury, where the company built Class A motorhomes. Jayco decided last year to discontinue production of Class A’s and it developed a strategic plan “to concentrate our activities on our core businesses and to consolidate production into our most efficient plants,” Bontrager said. “As a result, Jayco has increased production more than 40% in 2004, compared with 2003, as we take advantage of aggressive cost reduction and productivity improvement programs.
“We are gratified that we have been able to increase capacity without the need for additional facilities.”
Jayco has more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing space at its eight-plant complex in Middlebury and it anticipates shipping more than 27,000 units to dealers this year, he said.
Bontrager said Jayco was the fastest-growing manufacturer among the Top 10 builders of towables during “the first few months of 2004. The company’s Jay Flight travel-trailer line has vaulted to the No. 2 retail sales position this year, up from 22nd place during the first part of 2003.”
Jayco’s other brands include Eagle, Qwest, Designer, Jay Feather, Talon, Escapade, Greyhawk and Granite Ridge.