Thor purchases Jayco

Thor Industries has acquired Jayco for approximately USD576 million in cash.  Thor manufactures motorhomes and it believes that Jayco products in travel trailers, folding camping trailers, higher-end diesel Class A motorhomes and larger Class C motorhomes will compliment it.  

Jayco will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor, and the existing senior management team will continue to lead the business.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jayco to the Thor portfolio of companies," said Bob Martin, Thor President and CEO.  "Jayco is a company that I have admired for more than 20 years while working in the industry and living in the community very close to their operations.  We value the longstanding success of Jayco and are committed to providing the Bontrager family, and their team of dedicated employees, the resources they need to continue the success they have built at Jayco over the past half century.  This investment also illustrates our confidence in the future of the RV industry as younger consumers enter and expand the market over the coming decades.  Both existing and new RVers will see the benefits of our subsidiaries' efforts as they lead in innovation with new technology and features in our products that make RVs easier to use and better connected."

Wilbur Bontrager, Chairman of the Board of Jayco commented, "Our family is very proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 48 years.  As a family run and owned business, we view today's transaction as an opportunity to continue growing our business while joining an even larger family." 

Derald Bontrager, President and CEO of Jayco stated, "The core values that are synonymous with Jayco and its brands shape the way we run our business, and these values will remain and guide us as we look to the future.  One of the things we found most attractive about Thor was their decentralized business structure, which allows their subsidiaries to continue operating independently.  Most importantly, within this structure, our current leadership team will continue to manage Jayco, just as we have been running it since our founding.  We will continue with the same focus our father had on serving our dealers and consumers better than anyone else in the industry."

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