Jayco Inc. today (Nov. 4) announced that it is increasing production rates as a result of “higher than anticipated levels of incoming orders” for RVs. The company said that its order backlog is the largest in more than two years and that it has recalled or hired more than 200 production workers in anticipation of the production rate increase, according to a news release.
In making the announcement Derald Bontrager, Jayco president and COO, said, “As a result of improving market conditions, very low dealer inventories and retail incentives provided to dealers, Jayco needs to significantly increase our output in order to meet rising demand for our products. It has become increasingly clear that 2009 will end better than we had expected and we are encouraged by the prospects for our business in 2010 – our business plan anticipates a substantial increase in sales next year. This is the first tangible indication that the RV industry has turned the corner and can look forward to improved business conditions going forward.”
Jayco Inc. is the largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles in North America. The company makes and markets Jayco RVs under the Jay Series, Baja, Select, Jay Flight, Jay Feather, Eagle, Octane ZX, Designer, Greyhawk, Precept, Melbourne, Seneca, Embark, and Insignia nameplates. In addition, the company markets Starcraft, R/T, Centennial, Travel Star, Rock Star, Homestead and Lexion RVs through its Starcraft RV division and upscale Aspire, Anthem and Cornerstone motorhomes through the Entegra Coach division.