Utilimaster Corp. Closes 2 Plants Due to Storm
One of biggest companies in Wakarusa, Ind., shut down two of its plants today (June 24) because of storm damage from the previous night.
According to WNDU-TV, South Bend, the west wall caved in on one of the Utilimaster Corp. buildings and there was also roof damage. Company officials have closed plants 16 and 17 for the time being. The plants are located on S.R. 19 on the town’s east side.
Utilimaster, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., makes walk-in vans, parcel delivery vans, truck bodies and other specialty vehicles and was originally a key part of Holiday Rambler Corp., the original facilities of which, now occupied by Monaco RV LLC, are located nearby.
Winds clocked as high as 100 mph struck Goshen, located east of Wakarusa, minutes later. A tornado touched down just east of the city’s airport.