Jayco Inc. will introduce its 2003 gas and diesel engine Class A motorhomes, new Class C motorhomes and several new towable products during its international Dealer Homecoming July 14-17.
Jayco was founded in Middlebury, Ind., in 1968 by the late Lloyd Bontrager, so this will be Jayco’s 35th model year introduction, said Derald Bontrager, president and one of the founder’s sons. “Thirty-five years is truly a milestone for any company,” he said. “It’s a reflection of the business philosophy and culture that was instilled in us from the beginning. It’s all about doing the right thing and being committed to customer satisfaction.”
In recent years, Jayco has held its international dealer meeting in larger, more glamorous locales such as Dallas, Toronto and Atlanta. But this year, it will hold its “Dealer Homecoming” at its Northern Indiana home base “to rekindle its past,” Bontrager said.
July 14 will be arrival day for the representatives of the record 170 dealerships from across the U.S. and Canada who are expected to attend.
The agenda for July 15 includes tours of Jayco factories in and around Middlebury, a golf outing at Spring Meadow Farm Golf Club and a picnic in Middlebury.
Jayco’s model year 2003 units will be displayed inside the Century Center in nearby South Bend, Ind., and July 16 will be the day for dealers to walk through those units.
On July 17, after a farewell breakfast, dealership representatives will be free to head for home.
Jayco is entering its second model year as a producer of Class A’s, and among its new towable offerings, the Talon ZX fifth-wheel for the sport utility trailer market will be one of the highlights.
Since its founding in a workshop on Lloyd Bontrager’s farm, Jayco has grown to include 1,100 employees and around one million square feet of manufacturing space on 350 acres around Middlebury.