Monaco plant in Harrisburg closes; 128 lose jobs

HARRISBURG, Ore. - Monaco Coach closed production facilities in Oregon and Indiana on Monday, putting approximately 128 people out of work at the Harrisburg facility.

The company confirmed the closure Monday but was unwilling to discuss the move further.

The closure affects 71 regular and 57 temporary workers in Harrisburg, where the company made towable campers.

The closures come as Monaco's owner, Allied Specialty Vehicles, exits the small towable recreational vehicle business in order to concentrate on motorized recreational vehicles, the company said.

ASV had acquired Monaco from Navistar, which bought Monaco in 2009.

ASV's towable RV business represented less than 2 percent of ASV revenues and was unprofitable, leading to the decision to close the Harrisburg and Elkhart facilities, the company said.

"With the strong growth of motorized RV and improved conditions in our other markets, ASV has decided to focus its resources and efforts on capturing that growth," said Peter Guile, ASV President and CEO.

ASV said it will continue to honor its warranty obligations on towable RV products sold to customers and dealers.