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Monaco Workers Regroup; Look for Work Again

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February 11, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

Tom Ewing was surprised when he went into work Monday at the Monaco RV towable manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind.. As reported by the South Bend Tribune, at 8 a.m. Ewing learned he no longer had a job as a salesman for the business.

The Monaco plant is part of the Decatur, Ind.-based Allied Recreation Group, which is owned by Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc., based in Orlando, Fla. The company, which acquired Monaco operations from Navistar Inc., indicated it was exiting the towable RV marketplace.

Barkley Garrett, economic director with the city of Elkhart, said the mayor’s office received a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) letter Monday (Feb. 10) confirming that about 85 employees will be laid off starting Monday. The decision also impacted Allied’s facility in Harrisburg, Ore., affecting 71 regular and 57 temporary workers.

Company officials said the towable RV business represented less than 2% of ASV revenues and was unprofitable, leading to the decision. It also said it made the move to concentrate on its growing, profitable motorized recreational vehicle product lines — American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler and Monaco. Towable brands include Holiday Rambler, Trail-Lite and R-Vision towables.

Ewing said he did not believe the plant was doing badly.

“Allied Specialty Vehicles has a big investment with the motorized division,” he said. “And this was the towable division, and the dollars are a lot smaller than the motorized division.”

Ewing said he was unsure of his next step. He believes some employees could end up getting hired back if an RV maker buys the plant.

“That’s the business,” he said. “The RV business is constantly changing.”

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