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Outgoing RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert passes  gavel to Derald Bontrager

Outgoing RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert passes gavel to Jayco’s Derald Bontrager

It’s been a big year for Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc.

As reported by the Goshen News, like all recreation vehicle companies, Jayco’s fortunes have risen for the past five years as the economy has scratched out improvements annually and more consumers have decided to spend cash for RVs. But this year the company has purchased a paint shop, added a new name to its product lineup, started construction on a new factory to build luxury motorhomes and President and CEO Derald Bontrager was selected to chair the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board of directors.

“It’s been a very busy year,” Bontrager said while chatting at the expansive Jayco exhibit at the National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Jayco is considered the third-largest RV company in North America. The family-owned operation trails only Thor Inc. and Forrest River in volume of RVs produced. Through its Jayco, Starcraft, Entegra Coach and Highland Ridge brands, Jayco has all the RV price points covered. And expansion is underway.

The company is building a 208,000-square-foot factory to accommodate its Entegra Coach production. That move will allow Jayco to utilize the former Entegra facility to add a third production line at its Middlebury complex to produce other motorized RVs in its lineup.

“There are a lot of good things ahead of us and for the industry,” Bontrager said as he spoke for Jayco and the RVIA.

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