Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. informed around 289 workers Tuesday (Feb. 1) that it would be shutting down a nearly 36-year-old travel trailer plant in Hancock, Md., effective April 1.
The Riverside, Calif.-based builder indicated plants in nearby Williamsport, Md., and Somerset, Pa., would continue to provide product to dealers in the region. According to Fleetwood, the Hancock facility produces the company’s Prowler, Wilderness and Terry travel trailer lines.
“This closing will in no way affect the availability of travel trailers to dealers or consumers in the market area,” said Chris Braun, executive vice president, RV Group. “Fleetwood has facilities in the surrounding areas that will continue to offer a wide variety of travel trailer products.
“Our objective is to maximize utilization of the production capacity at the other area plants, which are within a 100-mile radius. We have excellent facilities at both our Williamsport, Md., and Somerset, Pa., plants, both of which could easily be expanded as demand necessitates.”
In November, Fleetwood ceased operations at its travel trailer plant in Edgerton, Ohio, consolidating operations to facilities located in Indiana and Kentucky.
The plant closures correspond with declining towable sales in the company’s fiscal second and third quarters related, in part, to a softening in the retail sector. The company reported a 16% decline in towable sales for the second quarter and a 19% drop in its third quarter, ended Jan. 23.
Fleetwood did enjoy a strong Louisville show, signing 58 new dealers and logging over $185 million in wholesale orders.