Coachmen Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 10) that it will permanently close its towable RV production plant in Grants Pass, Ore., in order to consolidate travel trailer and fifth-wheel production in Indiana.

Production from the 80-employee Oregon factory will shifted to Coachmen plants in Middlebury and Goshen, Ind.

The consolidation is expected to be completed by Jan. 8, according to the Elkhart, Ind.-based Coachmen.

“We are confident that this move is in the best interest of our customers and consistent with our strategic plan to improve our products, lead times, services and profitability,” said Claire Skinner, chairman, president and CEO. “This decision is in line with our numerous activities designed to improve operating margins by gaining efficiencies while reducing expenses.”

Consolidating towable RV production in Indiana will allow Coachmen “to realize the benefits of investments made in technology and production facilities,” said Mike Terlep, president of Coachmen RV Co., the company’s largest RV manufacturing subsidiary.