RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Jayco Celebrates 50th Anniversary with 50 Acts of Kindness

Thu Feb 15, 2018

145772453923690.pngKicking off its 50th Anniversary celebration, Jayco, Inc. is utilizing the 50th day of its 50th year in business to share 50 acts of kindness in the communities that help support the organization, according to the Middlebury, Indiana, company.

Jayco employees from campuses in Middlebury, Topeka and Shipshewana, Indiana, as well as Twin Falls, Idaho, will perform acts of kindness in their respective communities on behalf of the company on Monday. A core value of the organization, dating back to 1968, is “contributing to community” and this is the perfect way to kick off Jayco’s 50th anniversary, the company states.

Examples of the efforts include providing stuffed animals to pediatric wards at local hospitals; providing coffee and donuts to local police and fire and public works departments; donating supplies and support to local school districts; providing playground equipment and trees to local parks departments; supporting local Boys & Girls Clubs; donating books to local libraries, and giving away tanks of gas to motorists in the community.

“Jayco has always been guided by the golden rule. These acts of kindness are our way of living out those values and thanking those who have supported us for the last 50 years,” says Derald Bontrager, Jayco president & CEO and part of the company's founding family. “We understand that the support of our employees, dealers, suppliers, customers and the communities in which we operate played a key role in our success.”

Jayco is celebrating its golden anniversary throughout this year with 2019 model year products sporting special 50th Anniversary badges. Founded on the family farm by Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager, Jayco has been a staple in the Middlebury community since 1968.

Jayco's logo, designed to represent Lloyd’s vision “to be free as a bird and fly away without any cares,” has become synonymous with quality, integrity and generations of family fun, the company states. What started as a 15-employee operation producing camping trailers has grown into a family of more than 4,000 employees, spanning four campuses, producing a full line of recreation vehicles.

To join in the celebration and learn more about Jayco’s history, visit www.jayco.com/50th/.