It isn’t about the Michigan’s economy. Nor the work force, or the Imlay City area.
As reported by the Tri-City Times, it’s strictly business behind Fan-Tastic Vent’s move from its longtime location in Imlay City, says Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for parent Atwood Mobile Products LLC.
After acquiring the company in the fall of 2010, Atwood has decided to move Fan-Tastic’s operations to its home base in Indiana. Ellis says the transition to facilities in Elkhart, Ind., is expected to take place within 60 or so days.
“Most of our customer base on the OEM side is located in the Elkhart area and the move was made to work more closely with our customers, which is something we have always been mindful of,” Ellis says.
Offers have been extended to most current employees, Ellis added, including the entire direct labor source. Because the transition is in the works, Ellis says he has no current numbers regarding employees planning to make the move.
Ellis says Atwood had a positive experience in the area, and the move to Elkhart is simply to consolidate operations.
“The people were very supportive of us and the business,” Ellis says. “Fan-Tastic Vent has a long history (in the area). We have a good work force, the work ethic is admirable and we’re pleased despite the present challenges.”
Ellis says Fan-Tastic Vent has enjoyed a solid presence in the RV industry with well-respected products and Atwood is pleased to continue that tradition.
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