Jayco Inc. announced today (Jan. 9) a restructuring of its executive management, effective immediately.
Bernard G. “Bernie” Lambright, president, has retired from Jayco and Wilbur L. Bontrager, chairman, has assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO.
Additionally, Derald Bontrager, formerly executive vice president, will become president and COO.
Wilbur and Derald Bontrager are sons of Jayco founder Lloyd J. Bontrager, who died in an airplane crash in 1985.
Lloyd Bontrager, originally a farmer, founded Jayco on his farm in Middlebury, Ind., during 1968, after developing a unique lifter system for folding campers.
In announcing the management restructuring today, Wilbur Bontrager said the changes position Jayco to “take on the challenges of growth in the years ahead and to strengthen our commitment to the company’s traditional values.”
Wilbur Bontrager became Jayco’s chairman in 1993 after serving as executive vice president. He joined Jayco in 1972 and has held numerous technical and management positions.
Meanwhile, Lambright joined Jayco in 1988 as senior vice president and he became president and a member of the Board of Directors in 1993.
“From the outset, Jayco has been blessed with excellent leaders and Bernie Lambright has earned his place of honor among their ranks,” Wilbur Bontrager said.
Derald Bontrager has worked at Jayco for 26 years and became executive vice president in 1993, after serving in various management capacities.
Jayco, headquartered in Middlebury, builds folding campers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes under the Qwest, Eagle, Kiwi, Designer, Heritage, Talon, ZX, Greyhawk, Granite Ridge, Escapade, Firenza and AVATAR brand names.