Jayco expanding in Middlebury
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ELKHART — Jayco will add more than 400,000 square feet of production space and 300 jobs to its Middlebury campus, Thor Industries announced Monday.
Several of the projects already are underway or are nearing completion. The expansion is the result of growing demand for Jayco’s travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers and motor homes, Thor said in a release.
“The growth Jayco has experienced over the past few years pushed our current production facilities to maximum capacity, so the new buildings will help us not only meet current demand for our products, but give us the space we need to continue to grow,” stated Matt Thompson, chief operating officer of Jayco.
The new buildings include two manufacturing plants, one that will produce the Eagle brand of travel trailers and fifth wheels, and another that will produce Jayco’s line of luxury fifth wheels including the North Point, Pinnacle and Designer. The added facilities will free space in the current production facilities for additional Jay Flight and lightweight travel trailer production.
In addition, Jayco has added a dedicated mill room and lamination facility for Jayco’s motorized products.
The Eagle travel trailer and fifth wheel plant will be fully operational by early February, adding about 200 jobs, while the second towable plant is expected to be completed and operational by mid-June. The mill room facility has been operational since October 2016 and the lamination facility is expected to come online by the end of March.
Thor purchased Jayco for $576 million in June, giving it the largest market share in the recreational vehicle industry. It’s just ahead of Forest River, which is owned by Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway.