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Workhorse Custom Chassis and its sister company, Autocar, are helping revive the economy of Hagerstown, Ind., an east-central Indiana village with a population of 1,700, according to the Richmond (Ind.) Palladium-Item.
Workhorse, which is assembling diesel pusher Class A motorhome chassis, and Autocar, a commercial vehicle chassis supplier, currently employ 44 assemblers in Hagerstown, the newspaper reports.
Autocar has operated in the former Dana Corp. auto axle assembly plant for about a year and Workhorse began producing diesel engine motorhome chassis in the facility during June.
Workhorse and Autocar, both units of Highland Park, Ill.-based Grand Vehicle Works LLC, now occupy a factory that had been vacant for eight years, so the town is relieved to see the new employers.
The Palladium-Item editorized recently that Workhorse and Autocar “seem to be a good fit for the community and the area seems to be a good fit for them.”
Hagerstown has a 100-year history of manufacturing rail cars and auto components and editorial writers at the newspaper in nearby Richmond also wrote, “Hagerstown’s history bodes well. The companies (Workhorse and Autocar) have to be betting that this community and its workers still have what it takes to make top-notch products.”