MOR/ryde Riding High as Industry Rebounds

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June 5, 2014 by   Comments Off on MOR/ryde Riding High as Industry Rebounds

          When the Great Recession of 2008-09 slammed the brakes on many recreational vehicle production lines in Elkhart, Ind., the local companies that supply those lines were also hit hard.

Five years later, as RV industry production hits its highest levels in nearly a decade, one of those suppliers, MOR/ryde International Inc., is again enjoying a smooth ride while constantly looking for opportunities to protect against bumps in the road.

The Elkhart Truth reported that Bob Moore Jr., who owns the company with his brother, Rodney, said they are trying to walk a fine line.

“Some companies will say we don’t want to do business in the RV industry because of the ups and downs, but the truth is, every business, maybe other than food, is cyclical because people have so much money to spend and if there’s less, they’ll cut back,” Bob said. “There are cycles in every other industry as well. Being in Elkhart, we’d be foolish to turn our backs on the RV industry. At the same time, we don’t want to put ourselves in a box.”

With three Elkhart plants, MOR/ryde has grown its workforce from about 180 people at the depth of the recession to 583 today. More than half of those new jobs have been added since the start of 2012, and 77 of them have been created this year. And more are coming.

The company plans to hold its third job fair this year June 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at 23208 Cooper Drive. It will look to hire about 50 more people, focusing on second and third shifts. The hourly pay will range from $12 ($10 an hour plus a production bonus) for assembly to $18 for more skilled positions.

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