Thor America made good on its promise to close its Middleburg, Pa., manufacturing plant after unionized workers rejected a new contract, according to a report in the Patriot News.
Production of the Citation and Chateau towable lines ended on April 15, the closing date designated by parent Thor Industries Inc. after negotiations were initiated in January.
According to Dean Bruick, corporate director of personnel, Thor Industries does not plan to shift production of those RV lines to other plants. Reportedly, other models manufactured by Thor subsidiaries will be used to fill existing orders.
About 140 union workers will lose their jobs with the closing, Bruick said, and it’s still unknown whether any management personnel will be offered transfers.
A few employees with the greatest seniority will return next week to complete unfinished work and clean up the 28-year-old plant, which will be listed for sale, Bruick said.
Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor had told members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union that it would shut down the plant if its contract offer was rejected. Union members voted 89-4 against the offer in late March.
The new contract would have reduced hourly pay from $13.40 to $9, but called for bonuses if production incentives were met. It also would have made changes in seniority benefits and employee payments for health insurance.
Thor, a publicly traded company, claimed the proposed contract would have provided wages, benefits and incentives that are standard in the RV manufacturing industry.