Attorneys for Thor Industries Inc. have warned workers that its subsidiary – Thor America in Middleburg, Pa. – could close its doors, according to a report in The Daily Item.
The warning was issued in a letter sent to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. However, Mike Stout, Thor America’s president, said the company is working with state officials to keep the recreational vehicle manufacturing plant open.
“We were contacted by state officials. We are going to explore all avenues that will allow us to keep operations open, and we hope that the union will respond positively to the proposal that we made on Jan. 7, 2005,” Stout said.
About 120 workers would be affected if the plant closed.
It is unclear whether the company and the International Association of Machinists union are negotiating contracts. Stout said he could not elaborate on the proposal, noting the negotiations are being handled directly by Thor Industries.
“That’s why we’re being so vague,” he said.
Stout also said he could not say which state officials were involved. The Middleburg area’s state representative, Adam Harris, said he had not heard anything.
The letter, dated Feb. 4, informed union workers that the the plant would be closing down operations around April 15, “although such operations, and the number of employees required to perform the necessary work will be reduced as the current vehicles are completed.”
Thor America has been operating in Middleburg since April 1, 1969. The company manufactures towable RVs under the brand names Citation and Chateau.
Representatives of Thor Industries could not be reached for comment on the closing.