At least 1,000 people are expected to apply for fewer than 100 jobs at MVP RV LLC’s job fair Saturday (Aug. 28) in Riverside, Calif., and executives of the company are suggesting that only people with experience in the industry attend, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
MVP RV, which has been making towable trailers at the former Thor of California factory in Moreno Valley since 2008, announced earlier this month it has purchased two adjacent Riverside facilities formerly owned by Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., which filed for bankruptcy 17 months ago.
MVP will leave Moreno Valley and move to the Riverside complex in mid-September, said Roger Humeston, MVP CFO. Company officials want to add 80 people to its current work force of about 110 right now and add more over the coming months, eventually getting up to about 800 employees.
With the loss of Fleetwood and other RV companies, there are hundreds of skilled workers who used to make RVs in the area. Humeston said he’s been approached in church by people he doesn’t know offering their résumés, and he thinks as many as 1,500 people could show up on Saturday.
“We’re starting to get nervous,” Humeston said of the anticipated crowd. “People keep coming to our door in Moreno Valley wanting to apply. It’s getting spooky.”
MVP is stressing that they want people with at least three years of experience in the industry to apply. The company is looking to hire assemblers, welders and material-handling personnel as well as financial and administrative specialists.
“We’re going to have to be selective,” Humeston said. “We don’t have too many openings and unfortunately we can only take the cream of the crop right now.”
Humeston said he invited area companies that manufacture RV-related materials to recruit, but said those suppliers won’t commit to adding people yet.
MVP secured financial backing several months ago and bought the former Fleetwood facilities for $18.6 million in an all-cash deal. The Moreno Valley facility will be put up for sale.
Tom Powell, partner in Riverside-based Pacific Coachworks Inc. and, like Humeston and his MVP partners, a former Thor of California executive, said he likes MVP’s prospects “if they’re well capitalized, and it appears that they are.”
Powell said the market in Southern California is weak, but is improving in the Northwest and Canada and is also getting better in Asia.
“I hope they succeed,” Powell said. “The more manufacturing we have down here, the better it is for all of us.”