In the winter of 1975 a camper trailer launched Jayco and managing director and founder of Jayco Gerry Ryan began to steer the company from a humble beginning to become the Australias leading Recreational Vehicle manufacturer.
More than 90,000 Jayco RVs have rolled of the assembly line at the Dandenong South plant since the company first began production in a nearby paddock shed 31 years ago.
Jayco now has 45 per cent of the Australian RV market and is the biggest exporter of RVs to New Zealand.
No other recreational vehicle (RV) builder in Australia has ever produced so many models in the history of Australian RV manufacture.
Since the very first camper trailer, we have gone on to produce seven different products, covering 150 models. While retaining a range of camper trailers, we have over the decades also added pop-tops, expanding caravans, caravans as well as park cabins and in more recent times motorised campervans and motorhomes, Gerry Ryan said.
Now we are concentrating on next year, when we will unveil our new $35 million state-of-the-art production plant which will have the capacity to produce at least 10,000 units annually, he said.
Back in 1975 there were just five people including Gerry Ryan working for Jayco and they were building just one unit a day. Today, the company employs 600 people and a new Jayco comes off the assembly line every 13 minutes.
In 2007, the new plant, which will be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, will centre on a 40 hectare site where Gerry Ryan expects to increase staff numbers by as many as another 150 to meet production capacity.
It seemed only proper that it be a camper trailer marks the 90,000th unit. I recall how basic the first model was compared with todays camper trailers. Now 50 per cent of all our camper trailers are built as Outback models, because there has been a real opening up of Australias remote regions to tourism, and RV travel is the most obvious and easiest way to enjoy this great nation of ours, Gerry Ryan said.
Now on to next year, a new factory, a new capacity to build 10,000 units a year, and a new milestone when the 100,000th Jayco rolls off a new assembly line, Gerry Ryan said.
Pictured Above: 90 000th Jayco off the assembly line with from left Ray Cook service manager, Peter Murphy general manager, Gerry Ryan founder and managing director and Gary Cadd quality assurance manager
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