Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. is idling its plant in Paxinos, Pa., for two weeks while eliminating seven white-collar positions, according to a report in the Sunbury Daily Item.
The shutdown began Monday (Jan. 30) and affects all of the 525 workers at the facility, which produces gas-powered motorhomes. The temporary closing comes a month after 175 workers were laid off at the plant due to declining sales.
Such shutdowns happen almost every year, due to seasonal slowdowns in RV sales, noted Fleetwood spokeswoman Kathy Munson. The facility often slows production by implementing short work weeks. By shutting down for two weeks, “this just gets it all done at once,” she said.
Employees will not be paid for the two weeks they are off their jobs, but their benefits will continue and they are eligible for unemployment pay, Munson said.
“We’re just trying to make sure we don’t have a build-up of inventory,” she said.
The jobs of four floor managers and three administrative workers were eliminated. Munson said there was a possibility that one of those managers would be transferred to another Fleetwood facility.
In addition, a new plant manager was hired and began working at the facility earlier this month.