Once a major employer in Chanute, Kan., NuWa Industries will downsize and terminate most of its operations within the next month and a half.

The Chanute Tribune reported that NuWa CEO Mike Mitchell announced the decision on Monday (March 18) in a letter to employees. The company will vacate its main building in the Safari Industrial Park, sell down the RV inventory, and end parts sales.

NuWa still employed about 52 people, but a decade ago had more than 100 employees.

Chanute Regional Development Authority Matt Godinez said it is sad to see a business have to shut down. He said the company was one of the things that helped Chanute grow during the 1970s to 1990s. He added the CRDA has some options in mind, but he isn’t ready to make an announcement.

NuWa president Neil Ford declined to comment.

In his letter, Mitchell said the service department may continue to operate as a stand-alone business, either under the NuWa umbrella or separately.

Horse trailer conversions will cease as schedules best allow and the company will sell down equipment and parts. Some will be sent to sister stores in Oklahoma City and Des Moines, and an auction of excess equipment and materials is likely.

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