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Old 02-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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ASV Shutters Towables Divisions in Elkhart & Coburg - Over One Hundred Loose Jobs

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February 10, 2014
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Greg Gerber Editor


ELKHART, IN — The Monaco towable division, which includes Holiday Rambler and Trail-Lite, has been shut down by parent company Allied Specialty Vehicles, RV Daily Report has learned.

Employees at the Elkhart plant were greeted by security guards who would not allow them in the plant or office. A representative from the human resources department was on hand to pass out letters alerting employees that the company was exiting the towable market and offering information on how terminated employees could collect unemployment benefits.

“The plant workers showed up at 6 a.m., and the office workers arrived by 8 a.m.,” one source told RV Daily Report. “No reason was given. But, I have thought for a while that the company would likely shut down the operation.”


He noted that the troubled company lost 14 sales representatives in two years, and the Indiana plant could not get beyond producing only six towable units a day.

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Old 02-10-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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I hate to see that happen. I'm sorry for all that lost their jobs. One must wonder though, with other RV manufacturers doing well, why did this one fail? And will the employees ever get their personal belongings back from inside the plant?
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:15 PM   #3
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Not good to hear at all but should one be surprised at hearing it?
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I think that meeting the employees at the gate and sending them home with no notice is a real chicken move on the part of ASV. Just think of the signal sent to the employees that are still on the job!! " Hey you're a valued employee, until the day that we meet you at the gate" I know that it's not good business to have them keep building the stuff after they know their time is short, but at least have the decency ( and guts) to bring them in to a room, explain why this is happening, allow them to get their personal belongings, and offer them some form of outplacement services. In other words, treat them like fellow humans!! it doesn't really cost that much!! This just strengthens my belief that the best move is to buy from one of the family owned and run RV mfg's. Everyone close to Newmar knows that the Miller family sold farms, equipment, and family coaches to keep as many folks on as they could during the downturn, and I'll bet the Bontraggers and Tiffins did similar things. Has anyone ever heard of a "corporate " mgmt person selling personal stuff for the good of the corporation??

I'm just glad that I don't have a new Heritage on order that's being built by a friend/family member of one of the folks that got "dumped" at the front gate this morning!!
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Exclamation Great show of human relation's.....

The company has been bought and sold, bankrupt, new buyers have tried to keep their heads above the water, but could not, a VERY BALL-LESS way to approach valued employee's to let them know their jobs were done and gone, SHAME ON THE VP's! for allowing this SPINE-LESS approach to notify a valued/not so valued employee that they were done.........Well , at least.......through a chain-linked fence w/barbed wire lining the top........they salary/VIP's stuck their lips through the fence to communicate to the former employee's on how to sign up for unemployed benefits that they and tax payers pay into...............Our stock market does not reflect the tough times that most are going through since the big slide in 08'...........
THIS COMPANY(management) HAD OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEM SELF'S ! To say the least, The old song by Blue Öyster Cult ....."Don't fear the Reaper" .......Most do not have to..........these people SHOULD! To all involved.....your day will come, and I am sure that you will not have the answer's to the question's......Good luck
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I posted my thoughts on this on the "RV Industry Press" forum on here yesterday. As previous multiple Monaco owners, we can't believe how bad ASV treated those employees. If the towables line needed to be shut down, then that's too bad, but at least show a little class as you deal with employees. We probably still have an RV purchase or two in our future, ASV will not be seeing our dollars!!
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Meeting them at the gate is not so unusual. Do I like to hear about it? No but it is still not unusual in the business world. Not letting them in is that unusual? Nope. There are lots of cases of employees that get the news that they are not working anymore that turn and do a whole heck of a lot of damage. They are probably making sure that none do that. Again, do I like that its what companies do? No but that's what happens more and more often anymore.
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Sorry to see another towable go by the wayside & know more workers are now jobless. I too am appalled, but not surprised at how ASV handled the situation.

At least when Fleetwood Enterprises scuttled their towables line in 09, they gave employees a month's+ notice.

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At least when Fleetwood Enterprises scuttled their towables line in 09, they gave employees a month's+ notice.
Lori, Would you be surprised to know that ASV is the parent company of Fleetwood RV.

It is remarkable ASV has not resurrected Fleetwood towables when companies like Winnebago for instance is buying towables companies (Sunnybrook)and manufacturing up to $90K fifth wheel products under their own brand name.
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I posted my thoughts on this on the "RV Industry Press" forum on here yesterday. As previous multiple Monaco owners, we can't believe how bad ASV treated those employees. If the towables line needed to be shut down, then that's too bad, but at least show a little class as you deal with employees. We probably still have an RV purchase or two in our future, ASV will not be seeing our dollars!!
Had a similar thing happen to me back in December 1974 when I worked for Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator Division in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Things were bad in Texas and the company decided to move everything back to Texas. We came in one morning and to our surprise were told to get in the line under the first letter of our last name. Gave us two weeks pay and told us to hit the road. That was before the 60 day rule. We were all shocked because we had been working overtime to keep up with the demand for calculators.

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Lori, Would you be surprised to know that ASV is the parent company of Fleetwood RV.
No. I already knew that. At the time of the FW layoffs though, FW was still the parent. AIP didn't come into play intil June 09 & ASV wasn't formed until 2010.

Unfortunately, the larger the corporation, the less they seem to value the employees. Hence ASV's mis-step with this closure.

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Well I guess a Holiday Rambler Motorhome is out. I'll go Tiffin or Newmar now. Was leaning Newmar anyway.
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Well I guess a Holiday Rambler Motorhome is out. I'll go Tiffin or Newmar now. Was leaning Newmar anyway.
Maybe not. This closure is for TOWABLES only. Apparently, Monaco & Holiday Rambler motorhomes are going to continue at the Decatur, IN plant where all the other ASV brands are produced.
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