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Middlebury, Ind.-based Coachmen Industries Inc. has cut jobs at its Fitzgerald, Ga., facility while also announcing that it will conduct a special meeting of shareholders.
According to the Tifton Gazette, approximately 90 of the 120 people employed at Coachmen’s Fitzgerald operations will be cut. The plant manufactures fifth-wheels and sport utility recreational vehicles (SURVs).
Thomas Gehl, the company’s corporate secretary and vice president and director of investment relations, said he hopes the layoffs will be “temporary and brief.”
Gehl said the state of the economy has also affected the other five Coachmen plants.
“We have a companywide mandatory week without pay over Thanksgiving as a way to try to equalize the blow,” Gehl said. “Everyone from the CEO to the janitors will be home without pay next week.”
Regarding the shareholders meeting, Coachmen said that The company’s shareholders on record as of Nov. 25 will be provided “notice, proxy material and will be entitled to vote at the special meeting which will be held as soon as practical in compliance with applicable regulations.”