Although Monaco Coach Corp. shipped 18% more motorhomes and towable RVs in 2002 than it did in 2001, the Coburg, Ore. company recently announced a layoff of 115 workers from jobs at its plant in Bend, Ore.
The plant, located about 115 miles east of Coburg, produces the Beaver brand of highline motorhomes. Workers were building 10 units a week in Bend, but output has been lowered to six units a week to better reflect consumer demand, according to Kay Toolson, chairman and CEO.
In 2002, Monaco “worked diligently to add distribution, particularly for our Safari and Beaver brands,” Monaco President John Nepute said today (Jan. 28). “We also introduced several new motorhomes, allowing us to grow shelf space on dealer lots.”
But demand is not spread evenly over Monaco’s product line, hence the need for layoffs in Bend, company spokesman Mike Duncan told The Register-Guard or Eugene, Ore.
“It’s tough in an industry where demand changes frequently,” Duncan said. “Not all of our production facilities build all of our products, with Bend being a good example. Overall, certain lines have higher demand.”
The decision to lower output in Bend is a part of Monaco’s effort to “carefully balance production levels with demand,” Nepute said.
However, for all of 2002, Monaco’s total shipments to dealers, including output from its Indiana and Oregon facilities, increased 18% to 11,211 units, compared with 9,491 units delivered in 2001.
During the October-through December portion of last year, Monaco shipped 2,677 units, a 10% increase over the 2,429 units it shipped in the final three months of 2001.
Monaco shipped 8,005 motorhomes and 3,206 towables in 2002, the company reported today.
For the three months ended Dec. 28, Monaco shipped 1,946 motorhomes and 731 towables.
Monaco’s order backlog amounted to $230 million as of Dec. 28, compared with $270 million at the end of September and $208 million at the end of 2001.