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Jayco’s Johnson Will Retire; Lasley Promoted

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Sid Johnson

Jayco Inc. announced today (July 18) that Director of Marketing Sid Johnson will be stepping down from his full-time position, effective Aug. 5. According to a news release, Chuck Lasley will replace Johnson, assuming the role of vice president of corporate marketing.

Lasley has served for over two years as a regional sales manager for Jayco’s motorized division. He joined the Middlebury, Ind.-based company after an 18-year career with major industry publications, including Trailer Life and MotorHome.

Jayco said that Johnson, who has logged more than 20 years as a member of Jayco’s management team, will continue to work on a part-time basis for several months.

“Sid plans to retire from his day-to-day involvement with the company,” said Jayco COO Jim Jacobs. “The interim period will give Chuck and Sid enough time to ensure a smooth and thorough transition.”

Chuck Lasley

In addition to his duties with Jayco, Johnson has served in many capacities with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), including chairman of the Market Information Committee from 2006 to 2011. He was also a member of the Go RVing Coalition and Seasonal Camping Committee, and received RVIA’s Special Award in 2011. Prior to joining Jayco, Johnson was a marketing executive with Coachmen Industries Inc.

“Jayco’s marketing programs have played a key role in the company’s outstanding growth over the past several years,” said Jacobs. “The marketing department has led the way in developing and implementing our brand strategy. Chuck’s knowledge and experience will be a significant benefit as we continue to build the Jayco name in the years ahead.”

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Jayco Completes Expansion On Entegra Plant

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The 77,752-square-foot expansion of Jayco Inc.’s Entegra Coach manufacturing facility at the company’s campus in Middlebury, Ind., is completed.

According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, the expansion positions the company to meet a surge in demand for motorhomes as data from Statistical Surveys Inc. showed a 28% rise in year-over-year sales during May. Last November, Jayco reported that the added production capacity would create up to 65 new jobs by 2015.

“The market for our products is strong and growing,” said Derald Bontrager, president and chief executive of Jayco. “Our order backlog for motorhomes has increased to the point where it is putting pressure on our ability to provide products to our customers in a timely manner. We’re confident that this increased production capacity will allow us to take better advantage of the opportunities presented by the improving marketplace.”

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Jayco Introducing Precept Gas Class A Coach

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Precept motorhome

Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. announced that it is entering the gasoline-powered Class A motorhome market with the launch of a new product line called Precept.  According to a press release, the popularly priced Precept Class A motorhome will initially be available in two models, 29 feet and 31 feet, and will be sold through authorized Jayco motorhome dealers worldwide.

“The new Precept motorhome raises the bar for on-road handling and customer appealing features,” said John Ganyard, vice president and general manager of the Jayco Motorhome Group.  “We have received numerous requests from both consumers and dealers about the need for a Jayco gasoline Class A motorhome. Our product management team has developed an exciting new product series that complements our Class C motorhome products.”

The Precept comes with several “must have” items for cross-country travel, including 6-way powered driver and passenger seats, ergonomically-designed cockpit dash with burl-wood accents and passenger computer work station, large pass-through exterior storage compartments, hydraulic leveling jacks, Onan 4,000-watt Micro Quiet generator and exterior entertainment center with built-in 40-inch LED TV. In addition, the Precept boasts Jayco’s exclusive JRide ride and handling system, which features state-of-the-art shocks and suspensions systems designed to make the Precept the best handling, smoothest riding gasoline powered Class A motorhome available.

The Precept features tastefully decorated, expansive interior layouts along with LED lighting throughout, spacious bathrooms with extra-large showers, day/night solar screens in the living room, bathroom and bedroom, solid-surface countertops and Washington Glazed Maple residential cabinetry.

Built on the Ford F53, 18,000-pound GVWR chassis, the Precept boasts a powerful 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine with 5-speed TorqShift automatic overdrive transmission, offering confidence and reliability on the road. In addition, the Precept offers excellent turning radius, cruise control and antilock front and rear disc brakes.

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Entegra Debuts Redesigned, ‘Responsive’ Site

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based Entegra Coach, the luxury motorhome division of Jayco Inc., has rolled out a “redesigned, responsive website,” according to a press release. The site features new interactive elements and is designed to automatically optimize across all user devices, including desktops, smartphones and tablets.

The redesigned site, found at www.EntegraCoach.com, has a refreshed visual design and provides a unique user experience. Using “responsive design,” Entegra Coach’s website automatically detects a user’s viewing device, screen size and device orientation. The site then seamlessly adjusts for optimal viewing, minimizing the amount of resizing, panning and scrolling needed to view information.

Knowing that almost 50% of smartphone owners use their device to research products, Entegra Coach focused on improving its mobile shopping experience. The site is packed with a host of interactive tools that add to this, including:

• HMTL5 headers and animations.

• A dynamic model overview page with shopping toolbar and rollover captioning.

• Interactive photo galleries.

• Pinch-to-zoom capability on floorplans and photos.

• Easy-to-view standards and options.

• Collapsible specifications.

Additionally, the site features a new “Cab-Forward Design” page, an interactive look at how Entegra Coach delivers a quiet-riding, smooth handling motor coach through engineering, construction and design. In addition, a digital brochure allows customers to interact with the most current version of Entegra Coach product literature.

“We wanted to update our website to fully reflect the luxury expected of the Entegra Coach brand, both in look and in features provided,” said Sid Johnson, director of marketing for Entegra Coach. “Additionally, we know our customers rely on our website for product information, and we know more of them are using mobile devices to access our site. We wanted to make sure our customers have the best possible experience regardless of the device they use.”

 

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Jayco Inc. Announces Changes in Management

February 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Akos Sefcsik, Devon Miller and John Ganyard

Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. today (Feb. 6) announced changes in its senior management team as a further step in its plan to “strategically position the company for long-term growth,” according to a press release.

Changes include:

• Devon Miller has been named vice president and general manager of the Jayco Towables division.

• Akos Sefcsik has been appointed vice president and general manager of the Starcraft RV division.

• John Ganyard will become vice president and general manager of the Jayco Motorhome Group division.

In making the announcement, COO Jim Jacobs said that the management changes are part of the company’s previously announced plan to structure Jayco into three operating divisions. “We are committed to a strategy of aligning our resources to the specific product needs and opportunities within the markets we serve,” he said. “And we believe this management team will allow us to raise our customer focus and improve the speed at which we develop new products and ideas.”

In December, as part of the company’s restructuring plan, Jayco announced that Jacobs had been promoted to COO of the company. Until that time, he had been general manager of the Starcraft RV and Jayco Motorhome Group divisions.

A veteran of nearly 30 years of service with Jayco, Miller began his career in the company’s parts distribution division and has served in various production and operations management capacities. Most recently, he was vice president of operations for Jayco’s Middlebury towables production.

Sefcsik has served as vice president of operations of Jayco’s Twin Falls, Idaho, facilities since 2009. He is a 20-year veteran of Jayco and has held a variety of assignments in manufacturing and industrial engineering.

Ganyard joined Jayco in February of 2011 and most recently was vice president of administration. He has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and manufacturing management.

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Jayco Inc. Announces Changes in Management

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Akos Sefcsik, Devon Miller and John Ganyard

Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. today (Feb. 6) announced changes in its senior management team as a further step in its plan to “strategically position the company for long-term growth,” according to a press release.

Changes include:

• Devon Miller has been named vice president and general manager of the Jayco Towables division.

• Akos Sefcsik has been appointed vice president and general manager of the Starcraft RV division.

• John Ganyard will become vice president and general manager of the Jayco Motorhome Group division.

In making the announcement, COO Jim Jacobs said that the management changes are part of the company’s previously announced plan to structure Jayco into three operating divisions. “We are committed to a strategy of aligning our resources to the specific product needs and opportunities within the markets we serve,” he said. “And we believe this management team will allow us to raise our customer focus and improve the speed at which we develop new products and ideas.”

In December, as part of the company’s restructuring plan, Jayco announced that Jacobs had been promoted to COO of the company. Until that time, he had been general manager of the Starcraft RV and Jayco Motorhome Group divisions.

A veteran of nearly 30 years of service with Jayco, Miller began his career in the company’s parts distribution division and has served in various production and operations management capacities. Most recently, he was vice president of operations for Jayco’s Middlebury towables production.

Sefcsik has served as vice president of operations of Jayco’s Twin Falls, Idaho, facilities since 2009. He is a 20-year veteran of Jayco and has held a variety of assignments in manufacturing and industrial engineering.

Ganyard joined Jayco in February of 2011 and most recently was vice president of administration. He has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and manufacturing management.

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Jayco Names Jacobs as COO in ‘Realignment’

December 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Jacobs

Jayco Inc. today (Dec. 20) announced changes in its senior management team, including naming Derald Bontrager as CEO while Jim Jacobs will serve as COO.

According to a press release the moves are part of a plan to strategically position the company “to take maximum advantage of emerging opportunities for long-term growth.” All changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

As part of the new alignment, Wilbur Bontrager has decided to relinquish the title of CEO. He has served as chairman and CEO for 19 years and will continue to serve as chairman, concentrating on long-term development and corporate planning.

Derald Bontrager will assume the duties of CEO in addition to his role as president of the Middlebury, Ind.-based company. As president and CEO, he will move into the top management role in the operation of the company, concentrating on strategic issues and overall organizational direction.

Jacobs, a 10-year veteran with Jayco, will assume responsibility for day-to-day activities of the company as COO. All operating divisions will report to him. Jacobs was previously president of the company’s Starcraft division and the Jayco Motorhome Group.

In making the announcement, Wilbur Bontrager noted, “It has become clear to us that the time is right for the company to position itself to take maximum advantage of emerging opportunities and the long-term growth of our business. The RV industry is rebounding from recent economic uncertainty and Jayco has solidified its industry-wide leadership position. We are blessed to have a talented management team that will take us to even greater heights in the months and years ahead.”

 

 

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Jayco Growing Entegra, Adding 65 Jobs by ’15

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. announced plans today (Nov. 5) to expand its headquarters in Middlebury, Ind., creating up to 65 new jobs by 2015.

According to a news release, Jayco will invest $2.9 million to add a 77,000-square-foot extension to an existing 62,000-square-foot facility in Middlebury. The new addition, slated to be complete in May, will house production for Entegra Coach, the company’s high-end motorhome line.

Jayco, which currently employs more than 1,700 workers on its 373 acre-campus in Middlebury, plans to begin filling additional manufacturing positions this spring.

“Northern Indiana has been our primary base of operation since the company was founded in 1968,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman and CEO of Jayco. “The strengthening economy, Jayco’s market share growth, available labor force and Indiana’s business-friendly environment all combine to give us the confidence to make this expansion move now. We look forward to continuing to work with both state and local government to create jobs and to boost our company’s momentum.”

Founded in 1968 by Lloyd J. Bontrager in two chicken coops and a barn, Jayco has grown to become the third largest recreational vehicle manufacturer in the United States and Canada, selling to more than 500 dealers around the world. With the goal of being landfill free by 2015, Jayco recycled 5,438 tons of wood, 1,332 tons of scrap metal and 793 tons of cardboard last year.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Jayco up to $775,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Middlebury supports this project at the request of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

“The town of Middlebury is pleased to see that Jayco is doing well,” said Mark Salee, town manager of Middlebury. “The town is committed to supporting all the businesses in Middlebury, especially a company such as Jayco. This expansion of the Jayco facilities is a good sign of economic growth in our community.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels noted, “Jobs announcements from RV manufacturing leaders like Jayco further prove that Elkhart County is coming back stronger than ever. Elkhart remains the RV capital of the world and is a major center of economic strength for Indiana thanks to our state’s enterprise-friendly policies and remarkably skilled workforce.”

 

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Jayco Rolling Out Redhawk ‘C’ For Open House

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. will introduce to dealers the all-new, entry-level Redhawk Class C motorhome during this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House at its campus in Middlebury, Ind.

The new Redhawk’s floorplans range from 26 feet to 32 feet in length, providing a “high-quality motorhome in a compact style,” according to a press release. Standard equipment includes a booth dinette with laminate top, three-burner range with range hood, 8-cubic-foot refrigerator and a microwave. Ample living space offers “elegant touches” such as Washington Glazed Maple cabinetry, pleated night shades throughout and brushed nickel cabinet hardware.

The 2013 Redhawk also features several available family-friendly components, including TV hookups with recept and coax, exterior storage compartments, in-dash radio and an electric slideout for more interior room.

Built to deliver power, the 2013 Redhawk’s standard heavy-duty 6.8 liter Ford Triton V-10, 305-hp chassis includes a 130-amp alternator, 5,000 pound hitch, 55-gallon fuel tank and Hellwig helper springs. Redhawk’s aerodynamic fiberglass front cap design reduces drag, helping to increase gas mileage. The front-end chassis design allows for increased airflow, increased GVWR and a revised suspension system to deliver solid handling.

Other notable features include 84-inch ceiling height, an electric entry step system, a chassis vibration isolation system and a large pass-through rear storage on select units. Other construction features include the Tuffshell vacuum-bonded laminated sidewalls with a welded aluminum frame core, tackless carpeting with padding throughout unit and rubber body mounts with Hellwig helper springs for a smooth ride.

The new Redhawk also comes with Jayco’s Co-Pilot Warranty, offering the original purchaser a two-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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Jayco Shows Entry-Level RedHawk Motorhome

September 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco RedHawk

Jayco Inc.’s new RedHawk Class C motorhome, introduced last week at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Indianapolis, is the Middlebury, Ind. manufacturer’s re-entry into the entry-level market. ”This was a product, a segment that Jayco had not participated in for several years,” said Jim Jacobs, president of Jayco’s motorized group. ”One of the ways we were able to control our costs was we standardized. There are very few options. Featurewise, the RedHawk has everything in it that you would expect in a much higher-priced segment.” Offered initially with two floorplans — a single-slideout 26-footer with a walk-around queen bed and a 32-foot double-slide floorplan equipped with bunk beds — RedHawk is built on a Ford E-450 cutaway chassis equipped with a 305-hp Triton V-10 engine. Featuring molded fiberglass front caps, both floorplans are designed with overcab bunk beds. Standard amenities include backup cameras, 32-inch LCD TVs, residential linoleum floors, under-bed storage with gas struts, booth dinettes, laminate countertops with composite sinks, beechwood cabinets with screwed stiles and power driver seats. MSRP: $84,809.

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