THE GOSHEN NEWS
Jayco Inc. will expand its headquarters in Middlebury and create 65 new jobs by 2015, according to the company.
The recreational vehicle company will invest $2.9 million to add a 77,000-square-foot extension to an existing 62,000-square-foot facility to increase production of motor homes in the Entegra Coach division.
“Jobs announcements from RV manufacturing leaders like Jayco further prove that Elkhart County is coming back stronger than ever,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels. “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 work force.”
Jayco now employs 1,700 people at its 373-acre campus in Middlebury. The new jobs will begin to be added in the spring.
“Northern Indiana has been our primary base of operation since the company was founded in 1968,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman of the board and chief executive officer 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.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Jayco up to $775,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The town of Middlebury supported the 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.”