Wednesday, March 12, 2008



RV Business
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yakima, Wash.-based builder Western RV Inc. is laying off 47 hourly production workers, according to a report by TV station KNDO.

President Bob Wert, who joined the company in January, said that the cuts were in response to the country’s economic downturn. The layoffs represent a 17% decrease in the company’s work force from 278 employees to 231.

Wert said this reduction will allow them to better align with market demand, as well as improve overall efficiency.

He added that the layoffs haven't been as bad as with other manufacturers because the company recently introduced several new products into the marketplace.

Western RV, which builds high-line coaches, fifth-wheels and truck campers, was acquired by private equity firm Monomoy Capital Partners in December 2006. Previously, the 38-year-old company was run by founder William Doyle and later by his son, Ron, who retired last June.

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