Coachmen Industries Inc. has decided to mothball its Georgie Boy diesel pusher Class A motorhome assembly plant in Elkhart, Ind., due to soft market conditions.
Coachmen’s Georgie Boy subsidiary had been building Landau-brand units in the factory in Elkhart since March.
“Georgie Boy will continue to build diesel motorhomes at its Edwardsburg (Mich.) plant,” added Coachmen spokesman Rich Allen.
The Elkhart-based Coachmen will retain ownership of the property on the northwest side of Elkhart and it will leave its equipment inside the buildings, so it could resume Landau production quickly once market conditions improve.
About 60 people worked at the Georgie Boy plant in Elkhart and Coachmen will attempt to have them placed at its other facilities in the Elkhart area, Allen added
Among the Top 10 motorhome builders, Coachmen is one of the four firms that is having a difficult time this year. Retail sales of motorhomes built by all of Coachmen’s divisions, including gas and diesel engine units, were down 11.1% during the first seven months of this year, to 4,209 units, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
Other Top 10 motorhome builders experiencing retail unit volume declines during the first seven months of this year were: Fleetwood, down 15.1%; National RV, down 12.9%; and Damon Corp., down 9.9%, Statistical Surveys reported.