California’s electric power crisis is affecting Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., the RV industry’s largest producer, according to the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, Calif.
Rolling blackouts occurred in California this week (Jan. 15-19), and Fleetwood was one of the large companies left without power because it signed a contract with its power company allowing its service to be interrupted, in exchange for lower rates, according to the newspaper.
In an article dated Jan. 18, Fleetwood Vice President and Treasurer Lyle Larkin was quoted saying Fleetwood lost “three of the last five (work) days” due to power shutdowns.
“We entered that contract as a practical matter never thinking we’d reach this state,” Larkin was quoted as saying, “It’s a serious concern.”
Other RV manufacturers with operations in California include National RV Holdings Inc., which is headquartered immediately south of Riverside in Perris, Calif.
Other RV manufacturers with operations in California include Thor Industries Inc., which has a towable RV assembly plant in Moreno Valley, and MHC Group Inc., which bought the assets of MountainHigh Coachworks, in Rancho Cucamonga.
It was not immediately known whether they are also experiencing power interruptions.