Forest River Buys Former Monaco Site in Ore.
An Elkhart, Ind., RV firm has bought the former Monaco Coach Corp. plant in Harrisburg, Ore., for an undisclosed sum and plans to restart production in a few weeks, a company official said Thursday (July 31).
The Register-Guard reported that Forest River Inc. completed its acquisition of the plant last week, has hired back the plant’s former management team and soon will be hiring office and production staff, said Paul Eskritt, who is general manager of Forest River’s plant in Dallas, Texas, and will oversee the Harrisburg plant.
“We’re going to build towable (trailer) brands from Forest River,” Eskritt said. “We’re going to start to bring more brands from the eastern region of the U.S. to serve our dealers. Vibe is the first brand we’ll open the factory with; shortly after, we’ll bring out the Cherokee brands.”
The company will have eight to 10 office staff to begin with and about 30 production workers, Eskritt said.
“I know that starting number looks small,” he said, but the company intends to quickly ramp up production — and employment.
“We will start with building one a day … it will take about three weeks to get the first unit out the door,” probably in mid-September, he said.
“After about two to three weeks, we’ll go up to two a day, then three a day. … Each one will require additional head count,” Eskritt said.
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