Observations from Coburg, OR
We are now in Coburg, OR waiting for two service appointments in Junction City, OR. I have been exploring this area and was aware that there was a concentration of coach manufacturers here at one time (County Coach, Monaco, Marathon).
Country Coach is doing service and trying to get funding to start making coaches again. They seem to be using about half of their original buildings.
We are in an RV park within one mile of the former Monaco factory and Marathon's facility. What appears to be in the Monaco plant is a service facility operated by ASV. I did see many coaches parked in their lot, apparently waiting for service. I am not sure how many of the buildings around ASV's location were formerly used by Monaco, it seems many are vacant. It is a sprawling facility. There are many For Lease and For Sale signs on buildings.
The Marathon facility is across from ASV and they had no fewer than 25 - 30 Prevost's parked around their place. Since they all had license plates from various states, I guess they are also there for service, updates, etc. I did see some folks sitting near their rigs, BBQ grills out, etc.
The town of Coburg seems a shell of what it may once have been. Junction City looks a bit more lively but not by much. One local confirmed that the closing and down sizing of these industries was devastating to the economy here.
Nevertheless, it does seem that many independent companies survived and or were formed during the closing of the factories. You can get just about anything done here in terms of service, remodeling, etc.
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