Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. presented the Founders Award and recognized its top volume dealers at the company’s recent Dealer Homecoming celebration at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
This was the ninth year that Jayco has presented the Founders’ Award to a dealer who company officials believe exemplifies the spirit and values of the founders of Jayco.
“Our award winning dealership this year was founded in 1994 by the son of a successful RV dealer in a nearby city,” said Derald Bontrager, president and chief operating officer of Jayco. “Situated in a small town on a two-lane highway in the northeast corner of a southern state, the dealership began operations with two employees. Today there are 14 employees.
“This dealer has been affiliated with Jayco since its founding 17 years ago, and has been a Gold Circle dealer since 1995,” said Bontrager.
“This award, established in 2002, is presented by the shareholders of Jayco and it honors a dealership whose ownership and management consistently reflect a dedication to outstanding sales and customer support,” said Sid Johnson, director of marketing. “It also recognizes a dealer who, over an extended period of time, has demonstrated a loyalty and commitment to Jayco.”
Top performers for 2011
In addition to the Founders Award, Jayco also recognized its top volume dealers:
- Largest Jayco Dealer: Richardson’s RV Centers, Riverside, Sun City, and Temecula, California
- Top Camping Trailer Dealer: Hilltop Trailer Sales, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Top Travel Trailer Dealer: Crestview RV Center, Buda, Selma, and Georgetown, Texas
- Top fifth Wheel Dealer: Happy Trails RV, Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Prince George, British Columbia
- Top 5 Jayco Motorhome Dealers: Richardsons RV Centers, Riverside, California; K&C RV Centers, Longmont, Colorado; Terry Town RV Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Camping World RV Sales, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Albany RV, Albany, New York
- Top 10 Combined Towable Dealers: Crestview RV Center, Buda, Selma, and Georgetown, Texas; Happy Trails RV, Grand Prairie, Alberta, and Prince George, British Columbia; Albany RV, Albany, New York; Powersports and RV Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; CRC RV Center, Moncton and Fredericton, New Brunswick; Sicard RV, Smithville, Ontario; Campers Barn, Kingston, New York; Richardsons’ RV Centers, Riverside, California; K & C RV Center, Longmont, Colorado; Buffalo RV, West Seneca, New York
Gold Circle Dealers
- 1st year: GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Campers Barn of Kingston, Kingston, New York; Haylett’s North Country, Coldwater, Michigan
- 5th year: C.S.R.A Camperland, Martinez, Georgia; Dunlap RV Center, Dunlap, Tennessee
- 10th year: Traveland RV Superstore, Langley, British Columbia
- 15th year: Link Ford and RV
- 20th year: Big Sky RV, Bozeman, Montana; Harper Camperland LLC, Harper and Great Bend, Kansas; Lee’s Camper, Mason City, Iowa; Manteca Trailer and Camper, Manteca, California
- 25th year: Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jack’s Campers, Mitchell, South Dakota; Lone Star RV Sales, Houston, Texas; Thompson’s RV Family, Davenport, Iowa; Willies RV Center, Bloomer, Wisconsin
- 30th year: Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, Wisconsin; FMB Limited, Holmen, Wisconsin
- Since Inception: Seven O’s Inc., Kirkville, New York; Youngblood’s RV Center Inc., Mayfield, Kentucky
Derald Bontrager commended dealers for their participation, noting that as each dealer meeting continues to grow it represents a sign of the dealers’ on-going commitment to Jayco. The mood among business owners was upbeat as Jayco unveiled its 2012 product line amid increasing concerns over a slow economic recovery.
“The production of more than 90 percent of the Starcraft models has been moved back to the Topeka, Kansas, complex. This was a deliberate move to accelerate the process of brand separation,” said Bontrager. “In addition, we have made organizational changes, which help differentiate the products. The three brands, Jayco, Starcraft, and Entegra Coach now have separate management, sales, product development, engineering, accounting, and production teams.”
Jayco, Inc. was founded in 1968 by the late Lloyd J. Bontrager who felt he could build the world a better RV. With encouragement from his wife Bertha, Lloyd started Jayco on their farm—in two chicken houses and a barn. He developed his own prototype camping trailer and a unique lifter system for fold-down campers, the basic design of which is patented and still in use today. By the end of 1968, his fledgling company of 15 employees had sold 132 fold-down camping trailers. Jayco’s “family” of employees has now grown to nearly 1,600 people, while more than 25,000 people join their “extended family” of customers each year.
Jayco, Inc. develops and manufactures a full-line of recreation vehicles at its company headquarters in rural Middlebury, Indiana, and markets them through a network of nearly 300 dealers in the United States and Canada.
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