ASV to Shut Down SJC Facility in Elkhart, Ind.
Two weeks ago, workers at SJC Industries learned the company had been sold to Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. On Monday (May 20) they learned the company was moving to Florida and taking all of their jobs with it.
The South Bend Tribune reported that SJC Industries filed notice that it will close its Elkhart, Ind., facilities in July, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN notice filed with the state. According to the notice, about 165 workers will be terminated in July at the company’s facility at 25161 Leer Drive.
SJC Industries is an ambulance manufacturer that Thor Industries Inc. sold May 6 to Allied Specialty Vehicles, which also recently purchased Navistar Inc.’s RV assets. SJC produces the McCoy Miller and Marque ambulance brands.
Hans Heinsen, vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Allied Specialty Vehicles, said Tuesday the company is relocating the ambulance maker to Winter Park, Fla.
“Under the terms of the purchase agreement, we are required to relocate the business,” he wrote in an e-mail. “It is therefore our intent to transition production to our Winter Park, Fla., site during the next three to six months.”
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