Monday was a big day for Middlebury-based Jayco RV. It was the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.
To honor that, workers did 50 acts of kindness to give back to the community.
Customers at the BP station in Middlebury got quite a surprise when they got a free tank of gas pumped by J-Jay Bird representing Jayco RV.
“I think it’s very, very, nice of them to do and I really appreciate it,” said Lillian Carnes.
Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager started the company back in 1968.
“My father and mother when they started the business, they obviously didn’t have preconceived ideas that we would ever make 50 years, so it’s certainly been a long time but the time has really flown and we been blessed,” said Chairman Wilbur Bontrager.
To commemorate the anniversary, acts of kindness were performed at Jayco campuses in Middlebury, Topeka, Shipshewana, and Idaho.
“The Middlebury community has been very good to us. We had a lot of support from the area residents that we want to give back to our community and our employees,” said Bontrager.
Besides providing free gasoline, they also donated stuffed animals to the pediatric wards at local hospitals, gave free coffee and donuts to local police, fire agencies and city employees and donated books to local libraries.
Jayco also made a donation to Middlebury Schools for supplies and to the Boys and Girls Club for programs there.
“It’s a surprise, it’s exciting. For Jayco to provide this sort of surprise gift for us, not only for the school system but especially the Boys and Girls Club, it’s just indicative of what we have in our community,” said Superintendent Jane Allen.