Luxury diesel-pusher manufacturer Country Coach Inc. will stay in Junction City, Ore., President Jay Howard told KVAL-TV in Eugene despite Howard’s earlier warning to the City Council that the company might be forced to move most of its operations elsewhere.
“I’ve got everybody working real hard and we will be staying here in Junction City,” Howard told the CBS affiliate, noting the company had outgrown its current production facilities.
During a July 13 City Council meeting, Howard warned that most of the company’s operations might have to be moved from the city if quick agreement weren’t reached with Bob Lee, its former chairman, on the purchase of property the company leases from Lee and his family.
As an alternative, Howard told the council that the highline coach builder would need expedited zoning and land-use approval for construction of a 250,000-square-foot addition on adjacent land owned by Country Coach’s parent, National RV Holdings Inc., of Perris., Calif.
“Everybody’s gotten behind the program and keeping us here,” Howard told the TV station. “I think it’s going to be successful.
“Our business has doubled in size here in the last 18 months and we are trying to rush to accommodate that.”
Country Coach has increased its work force from 800 to 1,500 employees since spring 2003.
Although Lee no longer has day-to-day responsibilities at Country Coach, he
continues to sit on the parent corporation’s board. National RV’s lease with Lee Joint Ventures expires in September 2005.
Lee earlier told the Tri-County News that although he was not willing to sell the buildings owned by Lee Joint Ventures at the price Country Coach has offered, he thought he could reach an agreement with the company.