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Jayco commits to $35m Lyndhurst complex

May 19, 2006

The Jayco Corporation, Australia’s oldest and largest recreational vehicle manufacturer, will build a new national headquarters and state-of-the-art industrial complex at Lyndhurst, Victoria.

The announcement was made  on the site of the new complex, by the Victorian Minister for State and Regional Development John Brumby.

"The $35 million project is a vote of confidence in Australian manufacturing and a vote of confidence in the company’s future," said Jayco’s managing director, Mr Gerry Ryan.

Jayco is one of the success stories of Australian manufacturing. Thirty years ago it commenced operating in an old cow-shed in Cranbourne. Today it is the biggest producer of recreational vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere with an annual turnover of around $200 million.

The company’s new headquarters and industrial complex will be located on a 20 hectare (50 acre) green-fields site, four hectares (10 acres) of which will be given over to wetlands for native flora and fauna, landscaped gardens, and recreational areas for Jayco employees.

Four purpose-built manufacturing facilities, totalling some 55,000 square metres, will allow Jayco to immediately boost annual production of its diverse fleet of recreational vehicles by some 25 per cent from around 8,000 units currently to over 10,000 units, with further increases in output planned.

Staff numbers at Jayco are also set to rise from around 600 to 750 employees.

"With the move to the new complex, some 150 new jobs will be created immediately, including 25 new apprenticeships and traineeships. And further jobs growth is likely," Gerry Ryan said.

The new complex will also enable Jayco to continue growing company exports of motor-homes and caravans to New Zealand, which are currently running at $8 million a year.

Some 150 to 200 direct jobs will be generated during the construction phase of the project, and a similar number of indirect jobs.

The new complex will deliver significant economic benefits to both the local and Victorian economies and further consolidates Melbourne’s reputation as a global centre of automotive manufacturing.

"This is the start of a new growth phase for Jayco, and we appreciate the strong support for the project shown by the Bracks’ Government," said Mr Ryan.

An additional 40 acres of land have been set aside for future development of the complex including the possible co-location of major component suppliers to Australia’s booming recreational vehicle manufacturing industry.

The new complex will deliver significant economic benefits to both the local and Victorian economies and further consolidates Melbourne’s reputation as a global centre of automotive manufacturing.

"This is the start of a new growth phase for Jayco, and we appreciate the strong support for the project shown by the Bracks’ Government," Gerry Ryan said.

The Victorian Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, said the new facility will bring together Jayco’s current three sites into one new purpose-built facility.

He said the Victorian Government had worked closely with Jayco’s founder and managing director, Gerry Ryan, to help secure the major investment at Lyndhust.

"Victoria is the heart of the Australia’s RV manufacturing industry with around 85 per cent of all RV’s made here," he said.

"Jayco is a great example of modern and innovative Victorian manufacturing, design-driven, focusing on leadership in a key niche market while building more export opportunities.

John Brumby said today’s announcement was the latest in over $13 billion of new investments the Bracks Government had helped secure for Victoria over the past six years, creating more than 39,000 new jobs.

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