Forest River Deal With Supreme Will Save Jobs
Workers who feared they might lose their jobs only a couple of months ago now might have two options.
An estimated 150 to 175 workers from Goshen, Ind.-based Supreme Industries found out at the end of December that the company was selling its shuttle bus business. But, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune, they could end up working for another Supreme business or the company that recently acquired Supreme’s shuttle bus business.
Matt Long, chief financial officer for Supreme Industries, said Tuesday (March 4) that the company is gearing up and will be hiring additional workers for its other businesses and could end up hiring the majority of the workers.
Supreme Industries is a manufacturer of specialized commercial vehicles, including truck bodies and specialty vehicles. However, it opted to leave the shuttle bus business because it said it was having a negative effect on its earnings.
And if it’s not Supreme, those workers will likely go to another company since Supreme Industries came to an agreement Friday for Forest River Inc. to buy Supreme’s shuttle-bus assets.
David Wright, general manager of several of Forest River’s bus divisions, said Tuesday that Forest River plans to talk to every employee and that it is looking to add employees for its new shuttle bus line as well as for its Starcraft school bus division. Workers will work at its main campus in Goshen, he said.
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