Featherlite Inc. announced today (June 20) that it will halt production of its Vogue highline Class A motorhome and that it will permanently close its Pryor, Okla., production plant because of difficulties with its “sole supplier of fiberglass and composite materials.”
Featherlite will continue building its Vantare line of Prevost bus conversions in Sanford, Fla. Closure of the Oklahoma plant, which lost $2.6 million during the first five months of this year, will allow Featherlite to increase Vantare production “as the market demands,” said Conrad Clement, president and CEO.
Earlier this year, Featherlite consolidated Vogue production in Oklahoma and Vantare production in Florida.
The Vogue plant will be closed effective Aug. 20 and 90 employees will lose their jobs.
Sales and service activities from the Oklahoma plant will be assimilated into Featherlite’s facilities in Sanford, Fla., Cresco, Iowa, Mocksville, N.C., and Coburg, Ore.
Featherlite will continue to service Vogue coaches and sell the remaining inventory at all its company sales and service centers.
Because Featherlite could not receive timely allotments of key materials from its supplier, the company could not satisfy delivery deadlines, Clement said. “Without the ability to manufacturer and deliver a marketable product in a timely fashion, the company sustained unacceptable losses in the Vogue segment,” he said.