Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp. informed workers that it has scheduled three additional production days off this month and in February at all of its Oregon plants, except the Beaver factory in Bend, according to the Associated Press.
Last month, Monaco shut down for an extra week over the Christmas break at plants in Oregon and Indiana, citing a slowdown in retail sales.
Monaco employs about 3,000 workers in Oregon: more than 1,700 in Coburg, 370 in Harrisburg, 126 in Springfield, 629 in Bend and 150 in Burns, said Craig Wanichek, director of corporate communications.
Monaco and other RV manufacturers began noticing slower retail sales and growing inventories on dealers’ lots in August and September.
But following a strong showing at the Louisville show coupled with a host of consumer shows in January and February, Wanichek said the retail picture could brighten.
“Gas prices have come down and interest rates are stable, and those are two key factors in consumer confidence, which is one of the main drivers in RV purchases,” he said.