The recreational vehicle market downturn, with an assist from the current economy, has claimed another company in Northern Indiana.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, more than 40 people at Elixir Industries in Mishawka learned last week that they would be without a job soon.
Dwight Knowles, vice president and COO, confirmed Monday (Jan. 19) that a total of 44 people are in the process of being laid off as the plant closes down “temporarily.”
Knowles said a phaseout is already under way.
“We are temporarily closing our divisions in Mishawaka,” he said in a phone interview.
The company is based in Mission Viejo, Calif., and has been around for 61 years, more than 40 in the Elkhart-Mishawaka area.
“We are moving some of the customer business to another location,” he said. “And due to the levels of business there we have made a decision to temporarily close that plant.”
When business levels return to their former levels, the plant could reopen, Knowles said.
The company makes aluminum extrusions, which are used in RVs and the aluminum construction business.
According to its website, Elixir Industries is the nation’s largest independent supplier to both the factory built housing and recreational vehicle industries, with 14 operating divisions throughout the United States.
Two of these are aluminum extrusion divisions supplying the construction, transportation, machinery and equipment, electrical, consumer durables, and recreational markets with linear and fabricated components.
Elixir Industries also has a metals division in Elkhart.