RVIA Economic Impact Study

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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 .

Exclusive: Jayco Employees Really Get into the Acts (of Kindness)

Tue Feb 20, 2018
Author: Jeff Thomas

151914823282218.pngFrom a giant blue bird buying gas for motorists in four communities, to a big dog showing up at the humane society bearing gifts, Jayco employees were out in force Monday, celebrating the 50th day of the Middlebury, Indiana, company’s 50th year.

“We tried to make it as exciting for our employees and the community as we can,” says Doug Moats, the communications and public relations manager for Jayco. “The company does a lot of stuff in the community, but this is a very humble company. I don’t think (management) really wanted to publicize this that much.”

But the employees more than got into the act of producing 50 “Acts of Kindness” to celebrate the occasion across the four communities in which Jayco has a presence. Some Jayco employees got creative and created “Jake the Jayco Bird Dog” to present gift cards and dog and cat food to the Elkhart Humane Society and to Dog Town Resort, and Moats says they even went beyond the creative part.

“They went out and got donations surpassing just what the company wanted to do,” he said.

Jayco dolls presented to hospitalJayco Chairman Wilbur Bontrager performed the first Act of Kindness by presenting J.Jay dolls to pediatric patients at Beacon Health's Elkhart General Hospital. Meanwhile Jayco employees from campuses in Middlebury, Topeka and Shipshewana, Indiana, as well as Twin Falls, Idaho, were out getting into the acts.

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, of course, giving away tanks of gas to motorists in the community dressed as the Jayco mascot.

Big bird pumping gas

“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 and 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.”