In the winter of 1975, Jayco developed its first camper trailers and production commenced in January 1976. The company was founded by Gerry Ryan, OAM, and continues to remain a solid family business with the next generation actively involved in the company. Jayco quickly established a reputation for producing high quality, competitively priced caravan and camping products, and within a few short years it had become a leading player in the Australian recreational vehicle (RV) industry. Jayco survived the economic and industry downturn of the late 1980s and early 1990s through sound business management and a timely expansion of its innovative product range and its nation-wide dealer network. Jayco prides itself on being a “family company”. The Jayco family includes management, staff, dealers, customers and owners of Jayco product. Jayco is now one of the most recognized brands in Australia; an established and familiar household name. Each year, a Jayco is ‘home away from home’ for hundreds of thousands of Australians. Now in its fourth decade, the company – with some 800 employees – is one of the great success stories of Australian manufacturing.