About 270 workers will be out of a job in six to nine months when recreational vehicle supplier Atwood Mobile Products closes its LaGrange, Ind., plant.
The Associated Press reported that Atwood’s parent company, Dura Automotive Systems Inc., decided to close the plant as part of a companywide restructuring, the company said in a written statement Thursday (July 6).
The LaGrange plant produces RV and bus windows. Companywide, Atwood manufactures a variety of components, including furnaces, ranges and cooktops, for the RV sector and other industries.
AP reported that Rochester Hills, Mich.-based Dura expects to close five to 10 plants and shift work to other sites by the end of next year.
Bill Wert, president of United Auto Workers Local 1417, said workers at the LaGrange plant, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, were shocked to learn it would be closed.
“We’re a money-making plant, so we were totally caught off guard,” he said.
Other plants in North America will manufacture the products currently made in LaGrange after the plant closes, the company said.
“This was a difficult decision, as we value the contributions of all our dedicated colleagues,” said Tim Stephens, president of the Atwood Mobile Products division.
Dura has not announced whether workers from the LaGrange facility will be able to transfer to its other plants, including the Atwood Mobile Products headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. The Elkhart location employs about 300 people.