A fire on Saturday (July 5) destroyed Mastercraft Inc.’s Plant 1 in Shipshewana, Ind., but the company’s president believes the RV furniture manufacturer can resume full production in a few weeks, according to the Goshen (Ind.) News.
No one was injured in the fire, which was reported shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Phone calls today (July 8) to Mastercraft’s offices went unanswered.
Company President Clifton Reynolds told the newspaper over the weekend, “We have two other manufacturing facilities that we are trying to reorganize and we are working with some of our competitors who have offered to help us.”
The fire impacts about one-third of Mastercraft’s employees but Reynolds said the company might use Plant 1 employees to staff a second shift at one of its surviving factories instead of laying them off. The greatest difficulty could be replacing the materials and equipment destroyed by the blaze. Mastercraft makes upholstered furniture, Reynolds said. It could take as long as 10 weeks for deliveries of some materials to arrive, he said.