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Jayco, Inc. is an American manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a subsidiary of Thor Industries. They make fold-down (also called “pop-up”) camping trailers, conventional travel trailers, toy haulers, “fifth-wheel” travel trailers, and motorhomes (Class A and C). Of its roughly 3,200 employees, About three-quarters of its workforce is from the Amish and Mennonite communities of Indiana. In October 2017, Jayco expanded its Twin Falls location to include a 160,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse building.


Jayco is based in Middlebury, Indiana. The company was founded in 1968 by Lloyd Jay Bontrager. The company name is derived from his middle name at the suggestion of his wife, Bertha. In 2011 Bontrager was inducted into the “RV Industry’s Hall Of Fame for being one of the most influential men in the 100 year history of RVing”. He played a role in the development and innovation of several types of unique lifter systems for their travel trailers.

Bontrager developed a trailer fold-down system in 1967 and started the business of making travel trailers in two chicken houses and a barn. In the first year of operations the company sold 132 trailers, and by the end of 1968 it had 15 employees. Because of the increased demand for their travel trailers, in 1969 they moved out of Bontrager’s farm buildings to a new factory site nearby that provided more manufacturing space. The company continued to grow and in 1970 built another plant in Harper, Kansas.

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