Goshen-based Keystone RV Co. is planning to close two of its production facilities in the Elkhart County city. In a notice to the state, the recreational vehicle manufacturer says more than 330 employees will be affected by the move.
The facilities include Plant 41, located at 2833 Sourwood Drive, and Plant 705, located at 2639 Lincolnway East in Goshen.
The company did not specify why it made the decision to close the locations. Robert Davis, an employee at Plant 41, tells WNDU-TV the company has seen a decline in orders.
“Yeah, everything was going really well, and it seemed like, all the sudden, it just, we dropped in units, and, but it was still enough to keep us, keep us going and everything,” said Davis. “But then, just all the sudden, it came to a halt.”
Davis cited rising fuel prices as the reason for dealers not buying the units the company has produced or placing new orders.
The majority of the affected employees are production workers, as well as plant management, quality control and receiving positions.
Keystone RV says a small number of employees may be retained “to support other operations or production facilities.” However, the company did not state if it was providing any other assistance to the affected workers.
Keystone RV did not respond to a request for more information from Inside INdiana Business.
According to the company’s website, Keystone RV employs more than 5,000 workers across its footprint in Goshen and Pendleton, Oregon.