Fleetwood Enterprises to shut plants, cut jobs

RIVERSIDE, CA (AP) - Recreational vehicle maker Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. announced Monday it will shut several plants, including two in Georgia, and cut jobs in response to reduced demand for manufactured housing.

The RV manufacturer is taking the actions to "match current production to market demand and improve capacity utilization," it said in a news release.

Fleetwood notified workers of shutdowns at its manufactured housing plants in Woodland, Calif.; Auburndale, FL; Willacoochee, GA; Benton, Ky.; and Pembroke, NC

All the plants will complete orders and will begin moving production to some of the remaining 13 Fleetwood Housing Group facilities. The plants are expected to close in about 60 days.

In addition, Fleetwood's Trendsetter Homes plant in Douglas, Ga. - one of two producing modular housing - will be closed immediately.

Impending shutdown announcements also were made at Fleetwood's travel trailer manufacturing centers in Crawfordsville, IN, and Mexicali, Mexico.

All Fleetwood travel trailers and fifth wheels will be produced at the company's three plants in Ohio and Oregon.

Fleetwood said it will try to place a limited number of employees within the company, but that most of the jobs will be permanently lost.

A message was left with a company spokeswoman Monday seeking details on how many workers will be affected by the plant closures.

Shares rose a penny, or 5.9 percent, to 18 cents in midday trading.

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