Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. has closed its travel trailer plant in Crawfordsville, Ind., impacting 109 workers.
The Journal and Courier, Lafayette, reported that employees were informed today (Nov. 21) that the facility will be closing Jan. 19.
Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood said in a release that the production of travel trailer and fifth-wheel models currently built in Crawfordsville will be relocated to plants in Edgerton, Ohio, and Pendleton, Ore.
The company’s move is part of an overall restructuring plan to “adjust production to current market demands in all of its businesses,” said Paul Eskritt, president of Fleetwood’s RV Group in the release. “These are difficult but necessary organizational changes.
“The recreational vehicle industry has been hit hard by fuel price volatility, low consumer confidence and a nationwide credit crunch. …This decision is purely economic, and does not reflect on our valued associates at the Crawfordsville plant.”
Eskritt said the transition is expected to take about 60 days, and a limited number of associates will be placed elsewhere within the organization.