Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. announced today (Nov. 24) the consolidation of several manufacturing facilities as part of a corporatewide restructuring plan to “improve capacity utilization.”
The company’s manufactured housing division was more deeply impacted by the move with plant closures in Woodland, Calif., Auburndale, Fla., Willacoochee, Ga., Benton, Ky., and Pembroke, N.C. They are expected to close within approximately 60 days. A modular housing operation in Douglas, Ga., will be shut down immediatelty.
On the RV side, travel trailer facilities in Crawfordsville, Ind., and Mexicali, Mexico, are targeted for closing. Fleetwood said that after the transition, all travel trailers and fifth-wheels will be produced at three remaining plants in Ohio and Oregon.
“In the current economic climate, it is essential that we match our production to demand,” said Elden L. Smith, Fleetwood’s president and CEO. “With 13 remaining housing plants and three travel trailer plants, we can continue to service all our existing dealers and the markets in which we currently operate. As difficult as it is to make decisions like these that impact the lives of our valued associates, we must position Fleetwood to operate profitably under the present and foreseeable business circumstances.
“We believe that these moves, in conjunction with the previously announced consolidation of two motorhome plants, other significant cost-saving measures, and our proposed balance sheet restructuring, will enable us to weather the current economic crisis.”