Monaco Coach, the country’s leading producer of diesel motor homes, has announced it will close plants in Elkhart, Nappanee, and Wakarusa. The closures will displace 1400 workers – about one-third of the company’s work force. Monaco Coach will re-locate some operations to its headquarters located in Coburg, Oregon.
The company release indicates that market conditions have deteriorated and no end appears to be in sight. The coaches are powered by gas and diesel with average gas mileage anywhere from five to ten miles per gallon for gasoline coaches and nine to fourteen miles per gallon for diesel coaches.
Starting at a mere $113,000 – Photo credit: Monaco Coach
This one starts at $586,000 – Photo credit: Monaco Coach
The low gas mileage just cannot be justified with energy at an all-time high. Driving around in vehicles that suck down gas and, in return, only transport the owner a few miles are not acceptable in a world that is becoming more and more conscious of the effects of our transportation choices.
The sad side of the decline in the RV industry is, of course, the employees who will now be standing in the unemployment lines.