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National RV Holdings Inc. President and CEO Brad Albrechtsen wanted to get the attention of California politicians on the subject of the skyrocketing cost of workers’ compensation insurance in the state.
But the head of the Perris, Calif.-based company also believes The Business Press of Ontario, Calif., blew out of proportion his statement about the possibility of closing the two National RV plants east of Los Angeles and consolidating them with the company’s operations in Oregon.
In an e-mail sent to National RV’s employees last week, Albrechtsen wrote, “What I actually said in the interview was that with workers’ compensation costs as they are, it would make more sense to move the 1,000 jobs out of California than to bring an additional 1,000 jobs from Oregon here.
“I am trying to get the media’s and government’s attention as to the magnitude of the workers’ compensation issue here in California,” Albrechtsen wrote. “I assure you there has been absolutely no discussion to move our operations to Oregon. Those of you who have visited our Junction City (Ore.) facility would recognize that facility is not able to house the NRV (National RV) side of our business. We are not going anywhere, and if we were, you wouldn’t find out about it through The Business Press!”