Employees of Coachmen Industries Inc. will be working on “emergency living units” bound for victims of last August’s Hurricane Katrina through the end of March, according to the Sturgis (Mich.) Journal.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Coachmen is among several manufacturers involved in the production of spec-regulated FEMA trailers, receiving an order last fall for around 3,000 units, valued at about $30 million.
Jeff Tryka, spokesperson for Coachmen, told the newspaper that the company worked through a broker instead of dealing direct with FEMA. He said production is split between Coachmen facilities in Middlebury, Ind., and Fitzgerald, Ga.
“2005 had been a fairly slow year for the RV business as a whole,” Tryka said. “Buying had gone down, so the FEMA order certainly helped with that.”
He said there was no additional hiring and no shifts were added because of the order, as production was shifted from more feature-filled trailers to the basic trailers ordered by FEMA.