With a major construction project at Jayco Inc.’s headquarters in Middlebury, Ind., nearing completion and perhaps 150 new jobs coming to the firm, things are looking good in the recreational vehicle industry.
According to a report by the Elkhart Truth, that was one of the messages from U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and a top official at Jayco, which the lawmaker visited Monday, May 13.
“They seem very optimistic and, boy, if they are, I am,” said Walorski, a Republican from the Elkhart area. She was at Jayco for a tour of the firm’s motorhome division, one of several planned stops at Elkhart County RV companies, the main economic motor here.
Jayco COO Jim Jacobs said things may not be where they were in the sector in 2006 or 2007, before the Great Recession hit, pulling the rug out from under the RV industry. They’ve definitely improved, though, with an upswing in interest in RVs and positive signs from RV dealers and participants at RV trade shows.
“Certainly we’re miles ahead of where we were in 2008, 2009,” said Jacobs, speaking after Walorski’s Jayco stop.
To read the entire Elkhart Truth article click here.