Former Monaco RV employees react to lay-offs

We are learning more information about the dozens left unemployed, after an RV manufacturer suddenly closed.

Monaco RV in Elkhart was sold to an unnamed buyer - causing approximately 85 full-time and 30-part time workers to lose their jobs.

Employees went back to the factory Tuesday to pick up personal items.

The WARN letter filed Monday states that Monaco RV’s parent company, Allied Specialty Vehicles, permanently laid off the employees because of the immediate sale of the company.

Newscenter 16 called the Allied Specialty Vehicles headquarters multiple times Tuesday to find out who bought the company and whether employees would be relocated. Calls have not been returned.

The manager of Economic Development for the city of Elkhart said he plans to reach out to the previous owner and new buyer to try to keep these jobs in town.

Employees drove up to the Monaco facility on S. Nappanee Street just one day after learning of their lay-offs.

Workers said they were escorted in and out of the building by security guards to pick up their tools.

One woman who devoted more than 40 years of her life to working there said she expected more than just a letter to notify her she no longer had a job.

“So mad,” Cathy Fisher said. “You get up at 4:30 to come to work and find out you have to turn around and go home. They could've told us on Friday. Just come to work to get your tools.”

“It was a bail out in my opinion,” said Mike Schutz, another former employee. “They didn't conduct it right. I would've given us more respect. But, it is what it is.”

The full time employees who were laid off will be getting severance pay.

But, there it's a very different situation for those part-time and temporary employees who suddenly find themselves with no income.

Some of the employees we talked to said they could tell something wasn't quite right in the last few months.

“You could tell something wasn't right.” Schutz said. “Our quality had been going down. Tremendous turnover here. It didn't seem like our parent company was that concerned about it.”

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