DJ, Jayco Complete Largest Facility to Date
MIDDLEBURY – May 4, 2015—DJ Construction recently completed its largest building of physical size in a single project.
The 173,000 sq. ft. new steel building was built for Jayco RV at 103 Bontrager Drive.
In all, the building, including concrete aprons, encompasses nearly eight acres of ground, half of that under roof. To put that size in another perspective, DJ’s client representative Pete Garber said the building is “longer than two and a half football fields.”
According to Garber, the new facility will be used to produce Jayco’s Entegra Coach Class A motorhomes. Growth in RV motorhome sales necessitated more space for the Middlebury-based company.
Tadd Jenkins, president of Jayco’s motorhome group, said, “The overall motorhome business has grown exponentially, requiring the need for increased capacity for all of our products. The new space increase will mean increased efficiency among all product lines.”
The two story facility consists of office space, 29,000 sq. ft. of mezzanine accommodations, and an overhead crane to assist in material assembly and work flow. It also holds alignment and undercoat pits as well as in-floor vehicle exhaust systems.
One other highlighted feature includes the installation of 286 skylights that harvest daylight and reduce the number of light fixtures required.
Both Garber and Jenkins said natural light improves overall employee morale. “The natural sunlight helps everyone’s attitudes and keeps the spirits high,” said Jenkins. “A better work environment for our craftsmen is what we are going for.”
Jayco’s Senior Vice President Phil Geise said about the partnership, “Jayco selected DJ Construction … because of their outstanding attention to details and professional organizational skills. Building #44 is the largest building Jayco has built to date, and DJ Construction exceeded our expectations by completing this project ahead of schedule.”
This assignment marks the fifteenth major project the two companies have partnered on. DJ’s first partnership with Jayco occurred in 1998 when the two companies broke ground on Jayco’s corporate offices. Another highlighted project includes the “triplets,” or three nearly identical production facilities on the Middlebury campus completed in 2001.
In 2014, DJ installed a 77,752 sq. ft. addition to Jayco’s plant 41, also to meet the growing demand for luxury motorhomes.