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Country Coach Fires Furloughed Workers

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April 9, 2009 by   Leave a Comment

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For 460 Country Coach Corp. workers who have been out of work since mid-November, it’s official: Their jobs are gone.

The Junction City, Ore., company late Wednesday notified employees who have been on furlough since the RV factory was idled four months ago that their jobs were being terminated, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. The company also notified the state Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development.

Such a notice is intended to comply with the federal Workforce Adjustment and Retraining and Notification Act, or WARN Act, which requires companies to give employees and communities 60 days’ notice of a mass layoff.

“We needed to make sure people were duly notified of termination,” company spokesman Matt Howard said. “We certainly owe it to all our employees involved to let them know where they stand.”

Country Coach had sent a letter Dec. 31 notifying workers that the company could close for good by the end of February unless it was able to obtain new financing.

Country Coach is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and attempting to reorganize itself as a much smaller company. Last week, it began calling back employees to work on coaches that were partially completed.

Under its new business plan, Country Coach plans to complete about one coach per week. It has about 40 coaches in the pipeline. It expects to have about 100 workers on the job by next week.

At its peak in 2006, the company had about 1,800 employees.

“Relative to our former size, we are much smaller, and have a much more concentrated group of talent,” Howard said.

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