Elkhart bus manufacturer Goshen Coach will close by the end of November, putting as many as 159 employees out of work.
But, according to the Elkhart Truth, parent REV Group plans to move Fleetwood Class C motorhome production into the facility that eventually will employ up to 165 people. The timeline for hiring of the RV workers isn’t clear, though, and there’s no guarantee current Goshen Coach workers will be rehired to work at the reconfigured facility.
“We’re very concerned with those employees. Long-term, we hope they stay with us,” REV Bus Group President John Walsh said Wednesday, when news of the planned Goshen Coach layoffs publicly emerged.
The Truth reported that Goshen Coach is a subsidiary of Milwaukee-based REV Bus Group, which is part of REV Group Inc. The company also makes Monaco, American Coach and Holiday Rambler brand motorhomes with RV production based in Decatur, Ind.
Per the changes, the closure of Goshen Coach will start Oct. 31 and bus production in Elkhart will cease by the end of November, according to Walsh. Production of Goshen Coach products will shift to REV plants in Salina, Kansas, and Imlay City, Mich.
Up to 159 employees in Elkhart, which is the entire workforce, will be laid off when Goshen Coach closes, but some likely will be offered jobs immediately as the plant shifts to RVs. The conversion of the facility at 25161 Leer Drive in north Elkhart into a REV RV plant will begin in December for production of Fleetwood Class C motorhomes.
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