Jayco Inc. has nearly completed an expansion project that will increase the Middlebury, Ind.-based company’s towable RV production capacity by 30%.
Meanwhile, Jayco also has started building a third factory to produce Class A motorhomes.
Jayco completed an 87,000-square-foot towable RV factory in October and that facility is in production now, said Sid Johnson, marketing director.
A second 87,000-square-foot towable RV production plant will be completed in December.
Both towable plants are located on Jayco’s 90-acre complex near the village of Middlebury.
The new towable plants will be used primarily to build Eagle brand units, Johnson said. Moving Eagle production into the new plants also will create more space for the production of Kiwi brand expandable units in Jayco’s other facilities.
Construction of the new 130,000-square-foot Class A motorhome plant also began in October. It is next to Jayco’s Class C motorhome plant. Both are north of Middlebury near the Michigan-Indiana border.
Jayco engineers and designers will meet with about nine of the company’s dealers on Nov. 30 during the RV industry’s national trade show in Louisville to discuss Jayco’s effort to enter the Class A motorhome segment for the first time.
Jayco will begin building its first Class A motorhome prototypes in December and they should be completed by February, Johnson said.
The company plans to build two diesel engine Class A units, to retail between $105,000 and $120,000, and two gas engine models, to retail for $70,000 to $90,000.
Currently, towable RVs comprise about 80% of Jayco’s unit volume with Class C motorhomes accounting for about 20% of its output. However, Jayco executives believe the company’s unit volume will be equally divided between motorhomes and towables in two to three years, Johnson said.