Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will idle its motorhome plant in Decatur, Ind., for seven days this month, affecting 525 employees, according to a report in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
The shutdown, scheduled to begin March 18, affects one of two production lines at the plant, spokeswoman Kathy Munson said Thursday (March 10).
The production cutback will allow Fleetwood to slow down manufacturing to match demand.
“We are having some additional dark days,” Munson said. “We’ve built too many RVs and we need to clear the inventory.”
The nearly 125-acre operation, which employs 1,214 hourly employees, produces about 4,000 diesel pusher motorhomes annually.
In February, the company laid off nearly 10% of its production work force – or 125 workers – at the plant.
Fleetwood, based in Riverside, Calif., also has a travel trailer plant near Decatur in Crawfordsville.
During the shutdown the affected employees would not be paid but would continue to receive health insurance and other benefits, Munson said.
Fleetwood does not anticipate further shutdowns this quarter, she said.
The news follows last week’s earnings report which showed net losses for the company’s third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2005.
On Wednesday, Fleetwood announced that Edward B. Caudill stepped down as president and CEO and was replaced by former Fleetwood executive Elden L. Smith.